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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
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Jewish Heritage of Curacao
Ranked #11 of 115 things to do in Willemstad
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Owner description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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.

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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.

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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 the synagogue itself. Well worth seeing. $10 at the door. The synagogue is accessible - the museum is accessible on the ground floor only.

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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.

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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 ♥️ is the interior which has splendid chandeliers, mahogany furnishings and a floor of white sand. I was constantly tempted to take my shoes off ‍♀️.

There are 3 reasons for the sand floor. The first one is that the synagogue is modeled after the encampment, which their forefathers established in the Sinai desert during the 40 years of wandering from Egypt to the Promised Land. The other 2 reasons you can read in the brochure that is handed out once you purchase your entrance ticket which costs USD. 10,= .

Across the courtyard of the Synagogue you will find the Jewish Cultural Historical Museum. It displays objects of the culture, practices and history. Too bad you're not allowed to take pictures in the Museum, since they had some interesting stuff.

In the Museum patio there are several replicas of tombstones to be seen. These are considered works of art .

I had a pleasant time at the Synagogue and found it to be very instructive.

The Synagogue is located in Punda and it's open weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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