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Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague

The Old Jewish Cemetery in Josefov (the Jewish Quarter), Prague, was created in the 15th century when Jews were forbidden to bury their dead outside their own district. Space was scarce, so bodies were buried on top of each other in an estimated 12 layers. Over the centuries, lopsided tombstones formed unruly, poetic groupings.

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Taken on April 20, 2003