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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 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 K6430YUkeng
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
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
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
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
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

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Sandy W
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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