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Honoring the Dead: Graveyards; The Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

Prague Cemetery

The Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, The Czech Republic

Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, The Czech Republic

Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, The Czech Republic

Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, The Czech Republic

Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, The Czech Republic

The Old Jewish Cemetery is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe and one of the most important historical monuments in Prague.

Starting at the middle of the 15th century, the gravestones record is a continual time line of burials. The final gravestone is dated 1787.

For more than three centuries in which the cemetery was in active use, it struggled with lack of space. Respect for the dead does not allow for the abolishment of old graves. When space ran out and Jews were no longer allowed to buy more ground, they had to gain space in other ways. Another layer of soil was heaped on the old graves and more people were buried! There are sections in this cemetery twelve layers thick! The older graves remained intact this way, and some of the older headstones were moved to the new higher surface. This explains the dense forest of gravestones that one sees today. The surface of the cemetery is much higher than the surrounding streets and retaining walls are necessary to hold the soil and graves in place. This is one of the saddest and most unusual graveyards I have ever visited.

 

 

Thursday Doors: Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague,  The Czech Republic

Prague is an architect’s dream! You can’t just take a picture of a door here without getting the scope of the entire building! What beauty! It is quite the tourist destination so many photos will also feature Tourists! I took these photos before I got into the habit of getting up early to take photos before the tourists arrived!

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague is a blend of old and new. This pink building is a motorcycle shop!

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague is a place of many doorways to another doorway! And I love all the cobbled, tiny streets! This was the way to our hotel…….

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

And this was the door to the hotel!

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, The Czech Republic

And there is a door on the famous Prague Astronomical Clock!

The Astonomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic

The Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic

The medieval astronomical clock can be found in Old Town Square. Legend says Hanus, the clockmaker, made the clock that was so admired by everyone, but he refused to show anyone how it was made. When he decided to build an even better clock the city officials became jealous and blinded him so he could not finish the clock. He then damaged the astronomical clock in revenge, and no-one was able to repair it.

The Real history of the clock is this. In 1961 an old document was found which described the clock and said it was made by Mikulas of Kadan in 1410.  It was repaired and improved over the centuries, but eventually it was so faulty, it was mostly not working at all, and by 1780 it stopped working altogether. In 1865 major repairs were made to the clock and in 1945 the clock was damaged heavily during the war.  After the war the clock was repaired and the striking of the clock was changed from Old Czech Time to the Central European Time.

The wooden figures of the apostles appear in the windows every hour and some of the other sculptures move. Death holds an hourglass, vanity is a man with a mirror, Miserliness is a man with a moneybag. There is also an astronomer, chronicler, philosopher and angel. When the apostles finish their journey, the golden rooster crows and flaps his wings, the bell rings, and the clock strikes the hour.

The Astronomical Dial shows the medieval perception of the Universe: the Earth is the center. The blue part of the dial represents the sky above the horizon, the brown part the sky below it.

There are three circles on the dial showing different times. The outer circle shows Italian time and the inner circle shows “Babylonian Time,” the length of an hour differs there according to season……longer in summer and shorter in winter. This clock is the only one in the world that measures it. The little star by the zodiac ring shows the fixed stars.

The newest part of the clock is the Calendar Dial. There is the Prague Old Town symbol in the centre. The rotary outer circle describes every single day of the year, and the current date is indicated at the top. There are also medallions with zodiac signs and pictures depicting every month. Wow, this is quite the clock!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Mahogany

 

Coffee Concoction in Prague

Coffee Concoction in Prague

Here is a spirited mahogany colored cup of coffee on a mahogany colored table, if I do say so myself! I enjoyed this coffee drink in Prague!

Mahogany, a reddish brown color, has been in the Crayola assortment since 1949. In the “State Crayon Collection” it is known as Tennesienna, to represent Tennessee.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

A Photo a Week Challenge: White Again

More “White” photos!  Postcard perfect!   Can you imagine what this would look like with SNOW? Enjoy!

St Nicholas Church, Prague, the Czech Republic

St Nicholas Church, Prague, the Czech Republic

St Nicholas Church 2, Prague, the Czech Republic

St Nicholas Church, Prague, the Czech Republic

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