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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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Willemstad, Curacao
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Willemstad is full of tourist traps, however, this synagogue — the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas — is worth a visit. Admission is $10 per person and allows you to explore the sanctuary, museum and gift shop at your leisure. We went there late...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Considered the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the sanctuary is beautifully simple, with datk wooden pews,a sand floor, an impressive organ, and lovely cobalt blue window glasz. Small museum is also worth a visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bklyndoll
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the oldest Synagogue in the western hemisphere. beautiful blue glass windows, large brass chandlers, mahogany woodwork and a sand floor. This is a must-see sight.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Todd C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A unique place to visit. The Rabbi's lecture was very interesting. The architecture inside is beautiful and fascinating. Sand on the ground inside. The museum cases show extraordinarily old items with a very good set of historical panels.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mitchell S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great air-conditioning is not the only reason to visit this fascinating museum and synagogue in the heart of Willemstad. A wonderful hour and an education.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Akalith
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Historic 1732 synagogue with real sand on the floor! A small museum across the courtyard has historic ritual objects and a small gift shop. Lots of history and beautiful mahogany furniture, pews, organ and Torah ark. Still lit mostly by candles in ornate chandeliers. Located...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Zundel35
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautifully maintained Jewish house of worship with a small but excellent museum on the same property which tells the story of the Jewish heritage in Curacao. Time and money well spent

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Doctor G
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Its so interesting to find this Jewel in the middle of a shopping district. It is surrounded by high walls, is colorful and has a gated front door. Inside theres a gift shop and the synagogue is hot!. Just air ventilation. Ive been there twice....More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Otdan11
Reviewed 11 January 2019

I really enjoyed the temple and the museum. The sand floors made this place unique and I applaud the way they keep this place in such fine shape.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hal D
Reviewed 6 January 2019

Are you interested in the migration of Jewish people to the Western Hemisphere? If you are, please visit this synagogue. We found that it gave us an excellent historical perspective on early Jewish migration from Europe to the Western Hemisphere. The staff here was very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from K6430YUkeng | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous responses. They wish people to attend services.
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Barbara G
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As the previous person told you, it is very easy to get to the Synagogue wherever your cruise docks.In any case, head to the floating bridge and right after you cross it, there there is a tourist info point where you can... More
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