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Jewish Synagogue

Synagogue Lane, Bridgetown, Barbados
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Ranked #8 of 32 Attractions in Bridgetown
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Oldest Jewish synagogue in the Western hemisphere, dating back to 1654.

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London
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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The synagogue is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere and is small and unassuming, but the museum next to it is one of the best small museums I have been to. It takes about an hour to go round and if you are at all interested in history (the Spice Trade, movements of peoples around Europe etc) you will love... More

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New York City, New York
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

What a special magical place. You feel the history in the building and are transported in time when visiting the synagogue museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Very interesting to see - only takes an hour or so but lots of history and interesting information. You can look around the Synagogue and also the museum and mikvah, although it is worth calling ahead as the museum isn't always open during the quieter months. Highly recommended.

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westchester, ny
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

historically accurate and artistic portrayal of the bajan community, very moving setting, quiet and atmospheric, non-commercial

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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

A very attractive building inside, if not outside. Found the history of the Jewish people in Barbados very interesting, as was a walk in the adjoining cemetery, noting the Polish birthplaces of many of the Jews buried there. The nearby Niche Israel Museum, unlike the synagogue, has a charge, but we found both to be well worth a visit.

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Potter Bar, Herts (near London), England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This Synagogue can be found in the center of Bridgetown in Synagogue Lane. I was informed that this dates back to the 1650's making it one of the 2 oldest synagogues in the western hemisphere. If you are interested in archaeological and cultural history it is well worth visiting. The structure itself has been carefully preserved and also restored for... More

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San Francisco
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15 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a wonderful marker for those interested in Jewish History. There once was a thriving Jewish Population here in Barbados who first escaped from Portugal during the Inquisition, then fled from Brazil when the inquisition reached there. Meanwhile, they had become quite proficient in running Sugar plantations. The ones who settled here were plantation managers and merchants on nearby... More

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Darrington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Just a special, very moving place. The graveyard is slowly being restored but it's going to be a long job. So thankful that it was in effect saved by the Barbados govt at the last minute.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We had a nice time and what made our experience was the great guide who was friendly and very well informed.

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I am Jewish and love to imbibe the history. There is also a discovered Mikvah - ritual bath - that has been recently unearthed. Also there is an adjoining museum which is very informative.

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