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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in...

The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.

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Oldest Synagogue in Western Hemisphere

Beautiful Synagogue, beautiful wood and it smells so nice in there. To our opinion a must see when visiting the island.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful Synagogue, beautiful wood and it smells so nice in there. To our opinion a must see when visiting the island.

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Vineland, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interesting history of this synagogue. We like to see various Synagogues when we travel and were glad we stopped in. Beautiful old building dating back to 1650, and is the oldest continuous operating synagogue in the Americas. Beautiful wood decor with sand floors. The museum has wonderful old stuff, including a Torah dating back to the 1300s. Stopped in... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are not Jewish but we were drawn to visit the synagogue and museum. Although it is small, its relevance is even more so in today's world. I found it interesting that the synagogue's floor is made of white sand. It's well worth the $10 admission.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Valuable visit for Jews and non-Jews alike. This still active congregation is a living history. We attended Shabbat morning services and returned the next day when they had a board member available to explain the history. I've seen some reviewers complain about the entry fee, I'm certain that without having the opportunity to collect these nominal fees from visitors the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see when in Willemstad. The building is absolutely beautiful and it is very easy to get too. While a little on the pricey side to get into, it is a world heritage site. Oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I walked from the Cruise Terminal thru a modern inviting shopping area then across a 300 feet fascinating pontoon bridge, which slowly opened for a ship. The artists' colors harbor buildings facing the inlet were a sight. We continued to the beautifully kept up Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, which is not to be missed. The site now includes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mikve Israel Synagogue offers a glimpse into the past. Post Inquisition period mikve and many Jewish artifacts. A cute gift shop and a chapel floor made entirely of sand.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We only got to peek in as it was closed. What we saw made us wish we had more time to visit. Not particularly interesting on the outside, we almost missed it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

What a beautiful and historically significant place. With its sand flooring, plentiful seating and an undeniable feeling of all-inclusiveness, this is a must-see for people of all races and religions. We attended a candle-lighting service during Chanukkah and were so impressed with the crowds this temple attracts from all over the world. What comes to mind when I think about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

As you travel the island one begins to see that members of the Curacao Jewish community, though small in number, keep popping up in important ways in history. Most Jews have only experienced Askenazi shuls, this is Sephardic. With a tiny museum attached it is worth a visit. If you happen to visit on a Friday evening or Sat morning,... More 

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