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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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Willemstad, Curacao
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"sand floor"
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"western hemisphere"
in 76 reviews
"jewish community"
in 23 reviews
"small museum"
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"spanish inquisition"
in 8 reviews
"adjacent museum"
in 6 reviews
"gift shop"
in 19 reviews
"interesting artifacts"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 6 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 16 reviews
"rich history"
in 5 reviews
"entrance fee"
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"piece of history"
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"white sand"
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"on display"
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"self guided tour"
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"pontoon bridge"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Spent about an hour here, self-guided tour of the synagogue and museum. Helpful staff in museum. You are allowed to take photos in the synagogue but not museum. Nice way to spend some time. Great exhibits and the history is fascinating.

Thank GypsygirlPenfield
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a synagogue that is currently in use. They have a beautiful museum and you can hear the service from outside. I would say this is one of the jewels of the island. Just go.

Thank Adriana D
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The is the first synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Beautiful chapel...it has an all-sand floor. A lot of history to learn and celebrate y

Thank publicityman
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We actually attended a holiday service (Purim). The congregation was very welcoming, the cantor conducted an enjoyable service and the history and building itself were very interesting. Worth a visit to hear about the early Jewish residents who fled from Spain and found a safe...More

2  Thank Joel137
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

It is very old, singularly unique and an integral institution in the development of Curacao. The Jewish diaspora found a relatively safe place to grow here. The structure symbolizes their fears, and reflects their resilience in its structure and survival.

Thank Ken G
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Lovely building with a resonant history. Do try to see it with a personal tour from Gigi - a member of the congregation who does a great tour of Curacao focussed on its Jewish heritage.

Thank LindaW5050
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

The synagogue and adjoining museum were a "must see" on our trip to Curacao and we were not disappointed. The museum has many interesting artifacts and gives you a good sense of the history of the Jewish population on the island.

1  Thank cherfloew
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

A very interesting place to visit. Historic building with lovely religious architecture and sand floors. Beautiful tombstones and a very interesting small museum about the Jewish culture on the island - but you are not allowed to take photographs in the museum - only in...More

1  Thank gracemccallum
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Amazing history on the Sephardic Jews on the island. The museum is interesting and Sharon was enthusiastic and helpful. Worth seeing.

Thank mimmyfcooper
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. According to history Jewish families from Amsterdam founded the congregation in 1651, while the current building was consecrated in 1732 on the eve of the Jewish Passover. My personal favorite ♥️...More

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Barbara G
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Response from Carla S | Reviewed this property |
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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I am a tourist the same as you. I have been to Curaçao and this Synagogue twice. They have services on Friday night and Saturday mornings. Other days they are open for tourists and their Museum attached to the complex is... More
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