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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%
  • Terrible2%
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“sand floor” (56 reviews)
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Willemstad, Curacao
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"sand floor"
in 56 reviews
"western hemisphere"
in 76 reviews
"jewish community"
in 23 reviews
"small museum"
in 25 reviews
"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"
in 13 reviews
"piece of history"
in 5 reviews
"white sand"
in 7 reviews
"on display"
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"self guided tour"
in 6 reviews
"pontoon bridge"
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Compared to many things on Curacao, US$10 is a steep admission price--but you are paying to support the place, which includes a nice museum. The interior of the synagogue is beautiful. The museum is likely interesting only to those especially intrigued by the history of...More

Thank John S
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

So many synagogues have not survived. It was emotional to realize that this one has seen so much and is still standing.

Thank Lee T
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

A real hidden treasure. It's not an average synagogue. It is a place plenty of history and the best is that it is in use. Don't miss the museum!

Thank Carla S
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

A remarkable and beautiful synagogue (oldest in the Caribbean after the one in St. Thomas) and very interesting museum. You can learn about the many contributions the Jewish community has made to Curacao. What a treasure. If you have limited time, this site is certainly...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

This is a beautiful ancient historical synagogue that is still working . However if you actually want to go to a service, I would heartily recommend the Ashkenazi Synagogue Shaarei Tsedek on Magdalenaweg. The community are wonderful. The service is orthodox but people of all...More

Thank Stephanie B
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

We were down in Curacao for a week of diving. So wanted to experience the Jewish heritage of the island. We did the self guided tour which was quit inspiring. We returned for Friday night service. Very welcoming by the congregation. Service was reform and...More

Thank Aron S
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Very thrilling to be in the oldest continuing Synagogue in the Americas - with a sand floor! The Synagogue and adjacent Museum was very nice. It was very accessble to find. For travelers who also want to learn something, we would recommend this.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

It's a self guided tour of the Sephardic Synagogue (free) and the related museum (fee). The Jewish presence on Curacao goes back to the 1700's and this Synagogue has been in continuous use since it was built. The artifacts in the museum (no photos) do...More

2  Thank Coloradonative8585
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

The synagogue is located next to the Jewish Cultural Historical Museum in Punda and open to the public ($10.00 entrance fee with access to the museum). The most surprising was the sand floor and the simplicity of the inside. A very peaceful place to visit...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

I was interested in visiting this synagogue simply because of it's age and history. There is a small museum in the back that has an interesting collection on display.

Thank ZoomyCJ
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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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Response from SIArtist | Reviewed this property |
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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