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Touro Synagogue

85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-4794
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Ranked #9 of 66 attractions in Newport
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.
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English first
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We attempted to visit the Synagogue on Sunday afternoon, only to find that we were too late to catch the last tour. We did visit the visitor's center and were impressed with the exhibits, especially the upstairs area where one can view and listen to dramatic recreations of interactions between different people representing different levels of colonial society which illustrate... More

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Huntington, New York
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170 reviews 170 reviews
42 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Beautifully kept and original synagogue in Newport historical district. The tour is interesting and the lecture they give is The history of Rhode Island....very informative...

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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113 reviews 113 reviews
35 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Built in 1763, this fabulous architectural gem is a joy to behold. George Washington visited in 1790. Touro Synagogue is the epitome of the country's dedication to Freedom of Religion. The tour guide gives a wonderful narrative of the history of Newport from 1658. The Visitors' Center has interactive displays covering the history of Newport. The last time we were... More

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We really liked the guided visit to the Synagogue, and its historic significance regarding freedom of religion in the United States. The well preserved synagogue is still in use today, and sitting inside you can picture the first congregants way back in the 1700's, practicing their religion freely...

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Francestown
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4 reviews 4 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

An absolutely wonderful looking building. A very moving experience. A treasure not to be missed. Wonderful, informative tour guide.

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florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Several people recommended this tour and it did not disappoint. The guide was excellent and it was very interesting. The letter from our first President should instill pride in us all and in a world with a lot of hatred, is especially resounding. Really a nice visit.

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Brooklyn, New York
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16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The architecture is magnificent. The information provided and the follow-up question and answer period gave an excellent history of not only Newport, but the history of what happened in Europe and the Carribean prior to Jewish settlers arriving. This is a very worthwhile stop.

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Dover
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Although not of the Jewish faith, a friend and I decided to tour Touro Synagogue National Historic Site for its historic, architectural, and cultural/religious significance in American history. The congregation was founded in 1658 by the descendants of Jewish families who fled the Inquisitions in Spain and Portugal and who themselves left the Caribbean seeking the greater religious tolerance that... More

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Old world, Europeanesque look. Felt great to be in the oldst synagogue in North America. Went back for erev Rosh Hashonah services, What an experience!

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New York, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I always knew that this was the oldest synagogue in the U.S., but I didn't realize how important a symbol it was! Rhode Island was the last state to sign the Declaration of Independence but the first to sign the Bill of Rights. All to ensure religious freedom. This synagogue welcomed George Washington when he came for support of his... More

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