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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A MUST see place !! One of the most special synagogue you will ever see ! Send floor, so that the inquisition would not hear your steps, as the Jews in Spain would pray in basements and put send, to avoid detection. If you are...More

Thank Shlomi T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sand floors, elegant brass chandeliers, mahogany bema and colored glass windows that reflect beautiful blue light. Like no other synagogue you've visited, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Americas. A must visit.

Thank globalreporterNyc
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Me and my husband came to Curacao on honeymoon. We knew we had to see the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. It was amazing to experience walking into the synagogue. If you are in Curacao you must go! Help keep history alive and enjoy...More

Thank Michelle K
Reviewed 15 August 2018

An amazing experience. The building from the outside is beautiful, but it pays to go in. The entry fee is $10 which may be a little pricy for some, but I think they really need it to support the upkeep. The synagogue itself is immaculately...More

Thank craigmbe
Reviewed 18 June 2018

I have visited Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue at least eight times. My wife and I own a timeshare on Curacao and visit the island annually and we love to visit this synagogue. It dates back to 1732 and was modeled after a European Portuguese synagogue. This...More

3  Thank Michael G
Reviewed 18 June 2018

The oldest Jewish congregation in the Western Hemisphere. The building is beautiful but the entrance fee is a little steep so we didn't go in. Pity, I would have loved to see it.

1  Thank edsachs
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

We attended services here in the past and also toured the synagogue once. Today we went to the gift shop only to pick up a few items and to help support this wonderful congregation. The sand floor is unique in my experience and really adds...More

Thank A3661OZsusank
Reviewed 15 May 2018

On our last Celebrity cruise, we took a tour about Jewish History and Culture. It included this synagogue, a Jewish cemetery and a Jewish rum distillery. We booked through Curacao Tour and Taxi, and our guide, Jude Reyes, was wonderful. We were fortunate enough to...More

1  Thank ajhoss45
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

The Synagogue is an absolute must when visiting Curacao. The museum tells the rich Jewish history of Curacao and brings it to life with the many personal items. One of the is the Leica Freedom Camera. The Leitz family saved many Jews during the war.

Thank 2100_Traveller
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

When you come here you should get a glimpse of this place. Im not as religious myself but I love architechture and history.

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Sandy W
24 August 2018|
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Response from Ken G | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous responses. They wish people to attend services.
Barbara G
1 February 2018|
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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