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“Very unique place”

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
Ranked #12 of 116 things to do in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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.

Thank Adriana D
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"worth a visit"
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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

Thank publicityman
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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 home in Curaçao.

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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 Ken G
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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
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