Jewish Quarter,Charles Bridge,Lennon Wall - Czech!
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
100Trip End Dec 14, 2010
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We then headed out to the Old Jewish cemetery. The Jewish community was given a small plot of land to bury their deceased. When the community ran out of room, they requested additional land which was denied. So, they started to layer the deceased. In total there are 13 layers of deceased! This currently goes 3 metres above street level, with many metres below street level as the street has been elevated over the centuries. Each time a layer was added, the old tombstones were brought up, which has resulted in a very crowded cemetery today.
Next we wandered to find the Kings Path to the Charles Bridge. In the days of Czech royalty, this was the coronation path taken to the castle on the hill. We walked over the bridge, which has 30 statues of saints. The most famous statue is of St John Nepomuk, which if you touch the plaque of him being thrown into the river is supposed to bring good luck. It has been touched so much that it is shiny compared to the remainder of the statue. There is another plaque of a woman and dog on the statue that was shined by locals as a joke on tourists as this is supposed to be bad luck. We saw many people touching this as well!
After crossing the bridge, we made our way to the John Lennon Wall and got a bit lost
Then we went back off across the bridge to the old town square for a coffee in the rain and enjoyed watching the other tourists in the rain waiting for the famous clock to reach the hour. It was time for a bite to each, so grabbed a kobalsa and some panned-fried potatoes with ham and cheese, which were delicious.
Prague is a nice, old, well-preserved city, but it didn't capture us like Berlin did. I think we have seen everything in this city and will likely not be back.