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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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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 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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Reviewed 11 February 2018

We enjoyed the synagogue and the adjacent museum. The sand floor was something to experience, and learn about. Somehow it felt like an old New England church or the belly of a whaling ship inside. The structure is stone but the interior is wood.

Thank Rich S
Reviewed 9 February 2018

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is a stately site in the middle of Willemstad, Curacao. It is the oldest synagogue in continuous active use in the Americas, and houses many historical artifacts. It is a quiet, tranquil place with a strong historical ambience.

1  Thank Goldenlover3139
Reviewed 5 February 2018

The Mikve synagogue is supposedly the oldest synagogue in the new world. This could be accurate since the oldest Jewish cementary is also on this island. It is very well conserved and worth the visit

1  Thank francien2015
Reviewed 25 January 2018

A few weeks ago, to be precise on Dec 30, 2017, I was in Curacao and walked (almost 35 minutes) all the way to your synagogue. When we arrived there - along with my wife and 2 quests - we were denied entry to the...More

1  Thank oren18llc
Reviewed 23 January 2018

I was here 6 years ago and nothing has changed. It is hot in the synagogue as there are no air conditioners. The museum gives an interesting view into the past BUT they haven't modernized at all. The gift shop looks like it's from the...More

Thank Daniel M
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
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
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
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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Sandy W
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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