The Old Jewish Quarter in Prague

Above the grave of Rabbi Low who created the Golem (whose remains are said to be in the attic of the old new synagoguejust down the street from the cemetery).

Same grave different angle.

People leave coins and stick small notes with prayers on them into the old tombstone fragments.

Call me morbid, but I love a good old cemetery and this one was amazing. When you buy your ticket for the jewish quarter you have many options one ticket is for the 6 main sights, but not the old-new synagogue which you can buy a separate ticket for or buy the super deluxe ticket that includes it all – I didn’t do that and ended up spending more to go back – it’s about 25 USD and well worth it.

I’m not even jewish and i thought this was the most amazing part of Prague.  It is mind boggling to me that such a wealth of artifacts and architecture could have survived the war.
To the right when you exit is a small synagogue whose walls are entirely covered with very small hand written lettering of those lost in the holocaust.  I didn’t take a tour so I’m not sure if these were members of this particular  shul or what, regardless it is a powerful image.
  

This is a series of images of the old-new synagogue which is the oldest active shul in the world it has been (with the exception of the war) active for 700 years.

Oddly enough my favorite shul was the Spanish Synagoge and I didn’t get one picture.  The taking of pictures or videos is strictly prohibited and the thing that makes the  Spanish synagoge: “the most beautiful synagogue in the world” is it’s painted moorish interior.  Breathtaking.

Yet another synagoge.

And lastly this beautiful apartment building – everywhere you walk there are beautiful reminders of the vibrant jewish community that once thrived here.

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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