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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

PO Box 322, Willemstad, Curacao
599-9-4611067
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Ranked #4 of 35 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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Boca Raton, Florida
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110 reviews 110 reviews
25 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

You don't need to be a Jewish to admire this place and its collection of old artifacts. Place is very small and its took us maybe half hour. All my family enjoyed this place.

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alkmaar
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a must see. The snoge is beautiful and well maintained. The small museum next to it is full of historical objects and artifacts. It gives you a good example about the rich culture and history of the Sefardic Jews.

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Willemstad, Curacao
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68 reviews 68 reviews
32 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

the synagoge in Willemstad is most likely the oldest in the western hemisphere and definitely one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen, the atmosphere is magical, the light fall through the high windows on the white sand creates beautiful patterns, the old wood is gleaming and one feels awed by such beauty..

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Connecticut
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635 reviews 635 reviews
338 attraction reviews
697 helpful votes 697 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stopped by the Synagogue as we walked though the Punda section of Willemstad. Admission was $10. An interesting place to visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Disclosure: I am Jewish. I also specifically went to Mikve Israel to recite the memorial prayer on the first anniversary of my mother's death. So this had more meaning for me than for others. Still, the synagogue is absolutely beautiful, and the fact that it's the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere is awe-inspiring. The cobalt glass windows and the... More

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Woodbine, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

What a surprise ... The oldest continuous synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Beautiful woodwork, glass light fixtures, sand floor in an airy yet secluded building in the middle of the city, providing a glimpse into the the lives of people who fled the Inquisition and settled into the Carribean. Museum has Anne Frank artifacts as well as a fine collection... More

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North Bellmore, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We went on a Cruise on Carnival Freedom last week and went to the oldest Synagogue in the Americas. Spend the 10 dollars for the museum and self guided tour. It is well worth it. Sand on the floor, a beautiful old sanctuary. See a Sefer Torah from the 13th century and much more. The congregation was formed as a... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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102 reviews 102 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

How fascinating to visit the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere where floors are sand and there is a separate stairway on the outside that women had used when attending a service. Even if one is not Jewish, the historical significance makes a visit to this site well worth the time.

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Potter Bar, Herts (near London), England
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271 reviews 271 reviews
117 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

If you want to see a slice of history then if in Willemstad do not miss out visiting this synagogue. Whilst one normally finds churches of all denominations on every island and town worldwide it is not often that one can find such a historic building. One soon learns that the congregation that started this was founded in 1651 and... More

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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I was so excited to finally have a synagogue rather than "another church" to view. First of all, there is a $10 entrance fee...and for what? Boring. Don't bother.

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