Saturday, September 22, 2012

Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic

 Stary Zidovsky Hrbitov

Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague

zalozen v l. pol. 15 stol.
( founded in the mid-15th century.)

postmarked in 2012 with a 'Jana Kaspara' Czech Republic stamp

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The Old Jewish Cemetery lies in the Josefov, the Jewish Quarter of Prague in the Czech Republic. It was in use from the early 15th century (the oldest preserved tombstone, the one of Avigdor Kara, dates back to 1439) until 1787. Its ancestor was a cemetery called "The Jewish Garden", which was found in archaeological excavations under the Vladislavova street, New Town.

The numbers of grave stones and numbers of people buried there are uncertain, because there are layers of tombs. However, it has been estimated that there are approximately 12,000 tombstones presently visible, and there may be as many as 100,000 burials in all.

Czech Republic Stamp 2011
100 let od prvniho letu Jana Kaspara 12 Kc
(100 years since first flight - Jan Kaspar)

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Jan Ka┼ípar (20 May 1883 – 2 March 1927) was a Czech aviator, aircraft constructor, designer and engineer. He is considered an aviation pioneer in the Czech lands.

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