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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
Phone Number: +599 9 461 1067
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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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Most Beautiful of Synagogues

I've been to synagogues in Italy, Hungary, and France. This is the most interesting and I believe most beautiful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to synagogues in Italy, Hungary, and France. This is the most interesting and I believe most beautiful.

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Bronxville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How incredible to enter a synagogue with sand on the floor! It's nice to take a breather and pay respect to other cultures/religion. Lovely place of reflection. So glad I went.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a US$10 admission fee to get past the front door. I have been to some of world's foremost religious sites and there was NEVER an admission charge. I would certainly have made a donation but in this case, I simply turned around and left. Very disappointed.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not Jewish, but my girlfriend is. I still found it to be very interesting and informative, as I learned more about her culture, while also learning about the history of this synagogue. The temple was very nice on the inside, and well preserved. Overall the museum was very good, but some of the objects there definitely made us wonder... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple itself is quite special. The beautiful and detailed decoration underlines the commitment of the original builders and this commitment to their faith and community is still strong today amongst the 250 person congregation. The museum has a huge amount of objects. I felt that the collection could have been curated in a more educational way to help us... More 

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Willemstad, Curacao
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The synagogue is open every day for prayer and visiting. It is lovely and there are guided tours available every hour. The museum, although very small, is well worth a visit. It's full of treasures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You must step the sand of the floor of this synagogue and read the story of why it's made of sand...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Spent about 45 minutes visiting the synagogue (the oldest in the western hemisphere in continual use) and the accompanying museum. The synagogue is beautiful and the sandy floor is explained inside. It is a place of worship, so need to be respectful. There is a small 4 room museum attached with some artifacts of interest. Very steep stairs inside. Entry... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This old but active synagogue is quite beautiful in the inside. It was interesting looking through the museum as my family had members from the 1700's who were involved in it.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I have traveled into many churches and synagogues around the world and this one is one of the most unique. I don't want to take away the surprise but the floors are sand. Anyone of faith will be in awe with the meaning and purpose of the biblical ties. The architecture is dutch in design and bright in color.

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