Czech Republic: Jewish gravestones found in Prague city square to be displayed in synagogue

Jewish gravestone fragments found during renovations in Prague's Wenceslas Square will be displayed in the city's Jubilee Synagogue, otherwise known as the 'Jerusalem Synagogue, beginning May 25, according to the head of the city's Jewish Community. The unexpected finds are still of unknown origin, and there are believed to be more at the original digging site where they were first unearthed... Еще. They gravestone fragments, re-purposed as paving stones, were seen in storage in Prague on Tuesday. «The reconstruction of Wenceslas Square will take place gradually and these are only the first findings. The discovered stones are stored in a depot. On May 25, the Jerusalem Synagogue will open and we will display the stones in public, and after that they will be laid out in the Jewish cemetery at Zizkov,» said Frantisek Banay, head of the Jewish Community in Prague, on May 14. The gravestones are evidence that former communist regimes that governed what is now the Czech Republic used graveyards and synagogue stones for building materials. Public monuments in Prague have been under special visiting hours since May 11, but are expected to completely open city-wide on May 25.

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