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Portuguese Synagogue

Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 5 310 380
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Ranked #23 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Start at the Jewish Cultural Center (nice café in the basement) then go across the veryveryvery busy street to the magnificent synagogue. I forgot that it never was heated and still isn't, so it made for a faster tour! Wonderful history.

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Amsterdam, Nederland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is one of the main sites to visit whilst in Amsterdam. Make sure you take your time and enjoy this amazing place in Amsterdam! Must see!

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

View the history alive today. This is taking place all day and a fascinating place where the history is hidden in the walls and ceiling. Do not rush through the place is talking to you if you are open for it.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
39 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I had expected to find an interesting and very old synagogue - and did - but there is so much more here. There is a short but informative video, a treasure chamber, various annexes to the main building (board room, winter synagogue, baths, office, candle room, mourning room, rabbinate etc) and a very good audio guide to take you round.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
57 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I was around and, as I am portuguese, I confess that the curiosity took me there. Even so I don't think that's anything special.

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Berlin, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

A beautiful historical synagogue and part of a complex that also houses the Jewish Historical Museum and the Etz Hayim library. We were on a very small tour and had access to the library, I don't know if it's generally accessible. The synagogue is so peaceful - others have mentioned the sand on the floor - it does add to... More 

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This beautiful 17th-century synagogue has never been modernized or electrified. It retains its wooden benches, beautiful chandeliers for candles, and sand-covered floor. It is in use today by the local Jewish community, which is why we were unable to visit on our first attempt, on a Jewish holiday when services were being held. It is open, however, for visitors during... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A beautiful Synagogue depicting Jewish Portuguese life in Amsterdam from before the second World War. We enjoyed touring and seeing it.

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Seminole, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Went here after visiting the Jewish Museum. This Synagogue still use candles instead of electricity. Amazing Chuppah can be found in the corner. Some of the prayer benches open to reveal Tallit and Siddurim. Gives a great sense of the history of Amsterdam's Jewish community thast came here from Portugal. A must see on a Jewish Tour.

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London
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10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

You can spot the synagogue from a distance as it has two flag poles outside the entrance although a squat and unprepossessing frontage just step through for a special experience. The synagogue is magnificent in its preservation and doubly so as it is still in use as I found out when it was closed all day for a ceremony the... More 

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