Photos: Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery

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The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is an eerily beautiful site where layers of history overlap in the form of tombstones crammed together from different eras.

A jewish tradition prohibits the destruction of a Jewish grave or the removal of its tombstone, so when the cemetery ran out of space, new layers of soil were piled upon the old graves and the tombstones were replanted on top. Over the years, there have been 12 layers of of graves and the effect is that the gravestones are spaced unusually close together.

Surrounded by trees and buildings, the cemetery exists largely in shadow, but certain small areas are briefly illuminated as the sun peers through the leaves or reflects off a nearby window. The effect is that certain tombstones are occasionally brightly lit while the surrounding area remains dark to create a dramatic contrast.

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Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

01. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

02. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

03. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

04. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

05. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

06. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A cracked gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

07. A cracked gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

08. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

09. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

10. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

11. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

12. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

13. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

14. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

15. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

16. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

17. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

18. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

19. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

20. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

21. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

22. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

23. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

24. Gravestones in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

25. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

26. A gravestone in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.
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