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Ceremonial Hall in Prague's New Jewish Cemetery

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Since its founding in 1891, the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague has reflected the rising and falling positions of Jews within the city, and indeed in Bohemia as a whole. A stunning collection of architectural styles, the cemetery takes the visitor from late-Habsburg neo-classicism to constructivism to finally minimalism. Yet it is as an open history book that the cemetery realizes its full import; from the forgotten crypts of German speaking Jewish burghers to the frequently visited grave of Franz Kafka, the cemetery provides a tangible link to the vibrant modern lives of a multi-ethnic Prague.