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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

PO Box 322, Willemstad, Curacao
599-9-4611067
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Ranked #4 of 34 attractions in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Willemstad, Curacao
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I live in Curacao and have the pleasure of visiting this magnificent building almost every week to attend servives. It's really worth a visit, even if you're no Jewish !!

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The woman who was working the guest services desk was very pleasant and informative as well as kind enough to help us with directions to other attractions.

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Napa, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Even knowing something of European History and the Spanish Inquisition I never dreamed I would discover such an old, interesting, well-maintained, and living place of worship in the Antilles. The synagogue was so interesting with its sand floor harking back to an even earlier time in Jewish history. I am not Jewish but found the synagogue and its museum to... More

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is a truly historical building, and we found it both beautiful and moving. The little museum has a lot of interesting artifacts, including a Torah that dates from the 1300's. The sand floor of the sanctuary is unique.

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

One of the most moving and enlightening places I have visited. The synagogue was so beautiful . I found all the items in the museum fascinating . It may be small but there are 3 floors (steep steps) of items I never dreamed I would see. For me the $10 entrance fee was not a problem at all. I would... More

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Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Too much entry fee for a visite like this. The synagoge is nice to see, but you do it in 5 minutes. The museum is so small and so not interesting you can do without. Perhaps if you are a member of the jewish community it can be oke, for others NO

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

While in Curacao it was interesting to view this old, pretty synagogue and the attached small museum. The congregation dates back to the 17th century and its story, in part, tells the history not just of the Jews on the island but the settlement and development of the island.

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toronto
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

i highly recommend to visit this synagogue. probably the highlight of my trip. The synagogue is beautifull and extremely well kept. There is a small but extremely informative museum with a torah in a case that is over 200 years old. also an interesting fact in that it is the only sepharadic reform synagogue that i have even visited and... More

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Kingston NY
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a beautifully maintained synagogue that was a must see for us. Very interesting history and a quiet refuge from the busy city touring. Easy to find, but only open for visitors on the weekdays.

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Sylvania, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

and we are told to visit the old synagogue. I wondered how such a place came to be built so long ago on a Caribbean Island. As Monty Python said, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition." That's why they came to Curacao. Oldest in the Western Hemisphere, used to this day. The sand floor is representative of the flight from Egypt... More

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