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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

PO Box 322, Willemstad, Curacao
599-9-4611067
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Ranked #5 of 32 Attractions in Willemstad
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

It could have been interesting to check it out, but ten US dollars to enter is just plain silly. In fact, it's the only synagogue in the world I have seen that actually charges money. That, says it all.

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Conyers, GA
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189 reviews 189 reviews
40 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

As the oldest continuously operating synagogue in continuous use in the western hemisphere the "Snoa" is in a marvelous state of preservation. The museum that is also on the grounds tells the story of the Jewish community of Curacao and the synagogue. The Dutch in those days were a refuge of tolerance for many "outcasts".

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Darien, Connecticut
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257 reviews 257 reviews
67 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

This is a truly amazing building and so beautifully and lovingly preserved over 400 years, it should not be missed on any walking tour downtown. There's also a wonderful museum adjacent that's worth inspecting, staffed by lovely volunteers. And a gift shop. Yes there is a small admission but I am happy to pay to keep history like this alive... More 

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Massachusetts
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78 reviews 78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Mikve Israel is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the western hemisphere. Now it is a reform/reconstructionist synagogue and if you go when there is no service they charge admission to help with upkeep. there is a small museum and gift shop on the premises as well. It was found in the 1600's and their current building is in... More 

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San Clemente, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We traveled as a family and enjoyed the entire island. The Shete Boca area is a spectacular area and MUST SEE!

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Winter Garden, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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139 reviews 139 reviews
48 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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