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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 3 days ago via mobile

This old synagogue is unique and along with the Jewish community museum tells the story of the Jewish people and their history and contribution in curacao. It's about an hour tour. Don't miss it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank OfirA503
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a gem in Curaçao. I could have come to Curaçao just to visit this synagogue. The musuem contains rare and ancient collectables that you only read about in textbooks. My partner and I went to services and found an extremely welcoming rabbi. He...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Espressopillows
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been here many time, I like to sit and feel the surroundings, Trying to feel what it was like 100 ,200, or even three hundred or more years ago that people sat in the same spot I am sitting in know Praying for...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Stephen E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very happy that we visited the place. Hard to believe that the place was built 300 years ago! Bravo!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Elena B
Reviewed 21 October 2018

My husband and I stopped here on a cruise. He had read of this place on the map and so we just walked right over from the major downton tourist shops (few blocks). We aren't even Jewish but this place was so inspiring and a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Janet A
Reviewed 7 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Shlomi T
Reviewed 17 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank michellekC4851ZH
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Sandy W
24 August 2018|
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Response from K6430YUkeng | 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