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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 #26 of 307 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Chester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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
10 helpful votes 10 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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26 reviews 26 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
4 attraction reviews
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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36 reviews 36 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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14 helpful votes 14 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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Leeds UK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

beautifully preserved building that is still in use with a very interesting history. Well worth a visit.

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New York, NY
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142 reviews 142 reviews
32 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

If you've seen all the cathedrals or are interested in Jewish Culture then this is a must see. It is a fantastic building from the 17th century rich in history and architecture. It is candlelit with hundreds of candles so a service on Friday night would probably be spectacular. Sorry I missed it. The admission is included in the price... More

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Toronto, Canada
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123 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Behind a nondescript wall, the synagogue built in the 1600's, is still functioning, but admits visitor ( the museumkaart is accepted) for a small fee. The audio guide is then free. The interior is dramatic , with candelabras and candles, that are lit during services,as there is no electricity. The story of the building and community is well done

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