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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 13 April 2018

This is a synagogue that is currently in use. They have a beautiful museum and you can hear the service from outside. I would say this is one of the jewels of the island. Just go.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Adriana D
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

The is the first synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Beautiful chapel...it has an all-sand floor. A lot of history to learn and celebrate y

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank publicityman
Reviewed 14 March 2018

We actually attended a holiday service (Purim). The congregation was very welcoming, the cantor conducted an enjoyable service and the history and building itself were very interesting. Worth a visit to hear about the early Jewish residents who fled from Spain and found a safe...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Joel137
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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
2  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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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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

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank Vivienne Vroli... V
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.

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