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Touro Synagogue

Address: 85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-4794
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Ranked #10 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Fri 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Owner description: Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.

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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Enjoyed seeing this building, the guide was very interesting. The building is lovely and in remarkable condition for such an old building. George Washington visited but I feel like he pretty much visited every church in the US. Worth seeing.

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San Jose, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Go in for the lecture on the history of the synagogue which actually gives you history on the early days of Newport.

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Lakewood, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I'm very sorry to say that I did not come to Touro Synagogue for a tour but to pray, and, after walking a half hour from the hotel, I arrived just as services were over. The guard treated me like someone from the Mafia, REFUSED to let me in for even five minutes, and then offered to "take care of... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I've been wanting to see this place for a long time and was pleased to have the opportunity returning home from a trip to Boston. My only complaint is that we were not permitted to go upstairs. Beautifully preserved with a very nice visitors center.

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New York, New York, United States
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31 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

A wonderful piece of Jewish American history. Our tour guide was excellent and really made this colonial era building come alive!

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Jerusalem, Israel
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The synagogue and the museum show what is unique about the inherent toleration of American society. This value is hardwired into the American constitution and ethos.

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Newport, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This tour and museum was so interesting to discover facts of the early Jewish people in the area and beyond! A great discovery for history buffs

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Roseville, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The visitors' center is well worth some time. Well done displays and lots of history. The tour guide we had for the synagogue was wonderful and really made the history of the area and the synagogues place in it come alive. Well worth a visit.

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NJ
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

As the oldest synagogue in the US this beautiful building has a rich history and an important part in the development of religous freeedom in the US. Designed by Peter Harrison the building is simple and elegant and is now welcomed by the relatively new visitor's center whcih provides a useful educational backdrop for your synagogue visit. We were fortunate... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

Interesting attraction to visit while in Newport. Convenient, easy walk from main area of town. Our Docent was informative and gave a great overview of Colonial times.

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