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Jewish Town Hall (Zidovska radnice)

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Address: Maiselova 18, Prague, Czech Republic
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The clocks are interesting

Keeping a watchful eye over Josefov is the tower of the Jewish Town Hall with its 2 distinctive clocks. It’s a picturesque site of the Jewish Town Hall, a building that sits on a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Keeping a watchful eye over Josefov is the tower of the Jewish Town Hall with its 2 distinctive clocks. It’s a picturesque site of the Jewish Town Hall, a building that sits on a busy intersection that contains historic synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery. One of the clocks on the tower feature Roman numerals that we often see in our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

A really pretty, renaissance style building in the middle of the affluent Jewish quarter of Prague. Take a look at the clocks on the front of the building, one goes forward, the other backwards, apparently when built the architect thought it would be good to have such a clock to serve the Jewish community(like Hebrew script, going right to left!)... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

We came upon this during one of our walks around Prague. Thankfully someone on Trip Advisor told us that the importance of the Hebrew clock is that it runs backwards. Nice curiosity.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

A picturesque sight in Jusefov. Built in the 16th century in Rococo style. Is now the seat of the Jewish comunity in Prague. At the tower 2 clocks: one in Roman figures and one in Hebrew.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

We went to the jewish town and saw this clock but we didn't know it goes counterclockwise til now. We think only "oh, a clock". They should warn tourist about it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013 via mobile

Not open for tourist but stay to admire the Hebrew Clock that runs counterclockwise. Another kind of Jewish Ghetto that you'll find in any other cities of Europe.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

Impressed by the architecutre and maintenance thereof during the centuries and history. Maybe what we did not like is that buildings have been re-organised into restaurants or stores with not much indication of the past.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

Jewish Town Hall is a Renaissance style building, and it’s built at the end of the 16-th century, with a baroque façade from the 18-th century. This building is situated in the Jewish Quarter (Josefov), very close to the Old New Synagogue. It’s very easy to recognize it, because its tower has two clocks : the upper one has Roman... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2011

This was the civil center of the old Jewish ghetto of Prague, just as the Old New Synagogue located beside it was the ghetto's religious center. Built in 1586, the town hall is no longer in use and is closed to the public, and its architecture is quaint and well-preserved. But its clocks are by far its most striking characteristic.... More 

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Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighbourhood centered around Široká street is completely surrounded by Staré Město (Old Town). As the former Jewish Ghetto, today all that remains are a few synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. The narrow streets were once small enough that a person could touch the houses on both sides. You can still feel the dignity and history this neighbourhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
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