There is a quarter not far from Old Town Square in Prague where Jews lived for a long time. This quarter is a Jewish Quarter also called Josefov after the name of the Emperor Joseph II who allowed Jews to participate in commerce, culture and other parts of life that was prohibited before this reign. But the history of this Jewish Town goes to the XIII century.
This part of Prague has been changed a lot from the earlier times and has its appearance after the big reconstructions in 1893-1913. Only the main buildings were preserved.
The one of those buildings is the Ceremonial Hall (Obřadní síň). It was built in 1911-12 by the architect J. Gerstl for the Jewish Burial Society. It is used as a ceremonial hall and as a part of Jewish Museum.
Ceremonial Hall In Josefov
Just behind the gates near the Ceremonial Hall you may find the Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý židovský hřbitov). It was used for burial starting from XV century until 1787. It counts about 12,000 tombstones presently visible and tombs are layered. The number of people buried here is about 100,000.
One of the know person buried on the Old Jewish Cemetery is Yehuda ben Bezalel known as the Maharal Rabbi Löw (1512-1609). This legendary Rabbi was known as a creator of a golem.
We didn’t come inside the museum (the ticket costs 300Kč ) and I’ve made a few photos of the Old Jewish Cemetery looking through the gates.
Old Jewish Cemetery
Images are HDR images processed in Photoshop after merge.
Not far from the Vltava river and the Dancing house there is park where you may have a view on the New Town Hall. The New Town Hall (Novoměstská radnice) is the administrative center of Prague’s New Town Quarter. The New Town Hall has a few buildings and the oldest of them was constructed during 1377–1398.
The image was made as an HDR image merged of 3 images shot with a tripod with long exposure. The result has been processed in Photoshop.
Talking with people in Google+ I promised to post an image of the St. Vitus Cathedral interior without crowd. I would like to get into the Cathedral at time when none there but I was failed.. But.. I have found a position to make an image and do not have people in the frame. This view is from the point just behind the benches.
The image is an HDR vertorama made in the same way as described in other posts.
If you remember from a recent post the Charles bridge has towers on both its side. We were rising to the top of the tower that is on the Nove Mesto (New Town) side. The way to the top was very narrow but reaching the top you may see the nice view on Prague.
This post is to show the view from Charles bridge tower on Nove Mesto. The image is an HDR panorama made of 6 HDR images merged of 3 images each.