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Address: Synagogue Lane, Bridgetown, Barbados
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Oldest Jewish synagogue in the Western hemisphere, dating back to 1654.

Oldest Jewish synagogue in the Western hemisphere, dating back to 1654.

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Wonderful restored building with a museum

Once we found it we were the only visitors that morning. The person manning the museum was attentive and helpful. The museum was very informative about Judaism in Barbados.we were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Once we found it we were the only visitors that morning. The person manning the museum was attentive and helpful. The museum was very informative about Judaism in Barbados.we were shown the recently excavated ritual bath dating back to the 17th century and were escorted into the restored Synagogue. We found it fascinating and our guide was pleasent, helpful and... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We only drove past the synagogue because we weren't there when it was open, but it is beautiful exterior and worth seeing. I've heard from visitors that it is quite exquisite inside and if you are there during the week, stop by to take in exotic Jewish heritage of Barbados, the oldest Jewish population in the Caribbean.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Synagogue dates back to the 1650s and is one of the two oldest synagogues in the western hemishere. It is a Barbados National Trust protected building and is still used as a place of prayer. If interested in cutural and archaeological history then this is a must visit place.

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San Francisco, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Inspiring history of the Barbados Jewish community's mission to restore their synagogue. No need to hire a guide. The information throughout the museum is very informative and the staff can answer questions. Be sure to visit the mikveh on site, too.

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Thank VC1850
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a grey day we got a map of Bridgetown and conducted our own 'walking tour'. We were quite surprised to find this synagogue and its associated graveyards. The synagogue is fairly classical and in good condition, if the attendant is around you may be allowed in - it was locked when we arrived but two windows on either side... More 

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New Rochelle, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is interesting to walk through the synagogue that is being restored across the street from the original building. The graveyard is worth a visit with tombstones from the mid 1600's, some of which are inscribed in Hebrew. The museum is interesting but very expensive.

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting spot worth a quick visit. Learning the history of the synagogue was fun. Very close to most of the other attractions in Bridgetown and within walking distance to everything.

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Palos Verdes, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

We arrived on a cruise ship and since we had previously spent a week on Barbados planned to just walk around the city. On our previous visit, the synagogue was not open. It has since been restored and also has a museum ad cemetery to walk through. So we decided to walk from the ship - an easy 1/2 hour... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Both the synagogue and the museum are together in same place, rich with. Jewish ornaments and religious items the museum is very interesting. You can go in the synagogue by yourself only on a guided tour to both Sefaradi and Roman synagogue. Our guide very professional but unpleasant.

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Seaton Carew, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

My wife and I hold no religious beliefs but are open minded to those of others. This welcoming and fascinating establishment is well worth a visit by anyone.

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