Inspired by movies – The Golem: A visit to the Jewish Quarter of Prague

The evening before The Viking and I visited Prague, I decided to have a look at our travel guide. We had agreed that The Viking would show me around in the city, but a little bit of extra research doesn’t hurt, does it? That’s how I discovered that there was some truth in this legend about the Golem of Prague.

You see, the rabbi who is mentioned in the legend, was actually a real person. His name was Judah Loew ben Bezalel and he lived in the 16th century. And he wasn’t only a rabbi, but also an important scholar and philosopher as well. Last but not least, he was a prominent mystic and some people even believed he had magical powers and spread stories about them. That’s probably how the legend originated.

And … you can still visit the rabbi’s grave in Prague! He is buried at the Old Jewish cemetery in the Jewish Quarter, not far from Charles Bridge. The only problem is that you can only visit it in combination with a handful of synagogues and a museum. And the ticket for this is not exactly cheap. So, we decided not to disturb the rabbi in his eternal sleep and to take some random shots of the Jewish Quarter. But what an exciting thought that this person was actually real and that after many centuries you can still visit his grave!

4 Comments

  • rumpydog April 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Oh how cool! You taught me something because I was compelled to Google this Rabbi to find out more about him.

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    • thesweetkitten April 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Glad you learned something! 🙂

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  • Kate April 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Your place is so worth each visit. Loved the photos and the story that went with them.

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    • thesweetkitten April 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you for your very sweet comment!

      Reply

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