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Touro Synagogue

85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-4794
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Ranked #5 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.
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Marlboro,NJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Learned a lot about early America. Convenient to visit. Great displays, garden and knowledgable guide.

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Miami, Florida
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

A simple structure with a significant history. Not to be missed. This is the first Synagogue on America soil.

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Windsor, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Only $10 for the simple tour and history lesson. Lovely flower garden. Very nice people to talk with.

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Gainesville, Virginia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

There is a powerful story here from early American history that most of us don't learn in school. It's a story about the role that Newport and the Rhode Island colony played in the establishment of freedom of religion in the United States. It's a story that looks deeply into what religious freedom really means. It's a wonderful story that... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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123 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The visitors center is small, new, and very informative. The "enactments" that you can listen to on the second floor are well-done, but too lengthy to listen to more than one or two as you prepare to visit the Synagogue. The latter is the oldest in America, very small but wonderfully restored. The highlight of the visit was the wonderful... More

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Santiago, Chile
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Very well preserved and cozy synagogue with a museum and very friendly guide, he tells you the story of Newport, the first jews and settlers

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New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is the oldest synagogue in the United States with rich history that's worth exploring. Make a donation of any size to help keep this institution alive!

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Newport, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Historically unique and lovingly restored and cared for. Docents are excellent. The displays in the main building are fascinating, but the inside of the synagogue is incredible.

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Brooklyn, NY
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Whether one is Jewish or not, Touro Synagogue is well worth visiting. A beautifully restored and maintained historic site, it stands at the center of the American principle for freedom of all religions. Our docent was well prepared and lead an excellent tour. Our smallish group had perhaps a bit more conversation than would have been possible with a larger... More

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New York City, New York
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201 attraction reviews
1,662 helpful votes 1,662 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

This is a must see just to be inside of this particular piece of history. Our guide made this learning experience a worthwhile one. The religious freedom given back in the early days of our countries history was not the same everywhere. In Newport it existed for all. I think you will enjoy learning the history of this place in... More

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