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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

PO Box 322, Willemstad, Curacao
599-9-4611067
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Ranked #6 of 37 Attractions in Willemstad
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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Winter Garden, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We were fortunate enough to visit on Simchat Torah and thus got to partake in the celebration of the holiday. The synagogue is beautiful and like nothing I have ever seen. The people were fun and friendly and were so welcoming of us. They even let me dance with the Torah!

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Pleasanton, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

I would give this United Nations historic site a 5 star, however, the entry fee is hefty, $25.00 per person. This huge fee is ridiculous.

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Curacao
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Very worth seeing! Well maintained the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere in continuous use! Very interesting museum and nice giftshop!

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was the highlight of our trip outside of the plantation houses. The building has a lovely courtyard and the synagogue has beautiful carvings and a sand floor. The museum had a lot of information on the early settlers to the island.

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Palm Springs
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132 reviews 132 reviews
47 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Oldest operating synagogue in the Americas. Beach sand floor. Worth a visit for any history fan. The museum has many items and photos on display. Interesting diversion while wandering around Willemstad.

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Winchester, England
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72 attraction reviews
578 helpful votes 578 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The western part of old Willemstad is not very big and it is easy to find the main sites, such as this synagogue. The exterior is very impressive, easily matching the other buildings in the tradition Dutch style. There is a $10 entrance charge, which allows you to see the synagogue itself, with its beautiful polished wood and the hanging... More

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San Jose, California
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We enjoyed visiting the "snoa" as we knew a little about its historic significance. The sanctuary was empty at the time, and we would have loved to be there during services. The museum, though small, had many artifacts and told the story of the Jews of Curacao and the synagogue's history. Definitely worth the $10 admission.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was beautiful synagogue with its lovely sandy floor. They gave my family a warm welcome. The Shabbat service was good with a mix of English and Hebrew. Nice place to visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had a very interesting morning visiting the synagogue. it is a lovely structure with an interesting history of the congregation. exceptional museum covering history and Jewish traditions of the island.

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new york city
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

How wonderful to experience this synagogue. I took my mom & daughter there... the museum pieces & history are amazing to read about & see. Its still has services. I highly recv.

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