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.
I took this photograph in December 2008 when my wife and I visited the Prague Castle. We were visiting the Czech Republic on vacation from our home in Arizona.
During its history, the castle was the home of various Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, Czech kings, and Presidents of Czechoslovakia. During World War II, it was occupied by the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. This castle is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the largest ancient castle in the world and is listed as a World Heritage Site. It is also the home of the Czech crown jewels.
The Dancing House (Tančící dům) is the nickname given to a building in downtown Prague. It was designed by Yugoslavian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Jewish-Canadian architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot (where the previous building had been destroyed during the
The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time. Czech president Václav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had supported it, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity.
Originally named Fred and Ginger (after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - the house vaguely resembles a pair of dancers) the house stands out among the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous. Others have nicknamed it "Drunk House".
On the roof is a French restaurant with magnificent views of the city. The building's other tenants include several multinational firms. (The plans for a cultural center were not realized.)