The Jewish Quarter

Trip Start Jun 25, 2013
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Trip End Jul 08, 2013

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, June 28, 2013

The architecture of this city is amazing. There are examples of so many styles –
Baroque, Renaissance, Classical, Neo-Classical, etc. etc.   It is all so beautiful, so striking.  Apparently, since Czechoslovakia surrendered to the Nazis during the Second World War just before they invaded, Prague remained relatively intact.  There were no mass bombings and air-raids which destroyed the city, the fate suffered by so many other cities in Europe.


This morning we took a tour of the Jewish Quarter of Prague.  We visited 4 synagogues:  the first (called the 'Old-New Synagogue) dates back to the 1300s and is the oldest standing synagogue existing in Prague. It is still active today.  Then we visited the Maisel Synagogue, which has been converted to a museum; then the Pinkas Synagogue, which is also a historical exhibit hall and is surrounded by the old Jewish cemetery.  Unfortunatelyno photography was allowed in any of these religious houses of worship. Finally we finished with the Spanish Synagogue which is a newer (only about 100 years old) and active synagogue.  I managed to snap one photo in this site.  We had a wonderful guide who gave us lots of information and history about what we were seeing, about the customs and religious laws of the Jewish faith, and some of the legends associated with the Jewish heritage.

We enjoyed a nice lunch of Beef Goulash, and then on our way back to the hotel to rest up a bit, Jose gave us an introduction to Wenceslas Square.  This evening we will enjoy a Chopin and Mozart piano concert.  It will be in a music hall that is supposed to be very ornate and beautiful. I am looking forward to that.

 
I have to say that a few of us are quite tired with achy legs and feet from walking around so much. Being on these tours they really keep you moving right a long – no time to mosey.  Good thing I have comfortable shoes. 

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Rita on

You are bringing back all my memories of Prague. How beautiful it is, and so much music everywhere. Enjoy!

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