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Touro Synagogue

85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-4794
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Ranked #5 of 66 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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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The history of this synagogue makes it a destination not to be missed. The oldest synagogue in the US which is still actively holding services in its original location makes this an important historical site to tour.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It was very interesting to learn about the migration of Jews to the US and how they came to settle in Newport. The building is wonderfully restored and is still an active congregation.

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The Truro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the United States, dedicated in 1763 and visited by George Washington. It is now managed by the National Park Service. The building is beautiful and beautifully maintained. There is now an adjacent visit center and museum with excellent historical exhibits and multi-media displays. The tour of the synagogue itself is most interesting... More

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Punta Cana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Allow about 1 hour, the presentation in the synagogue was fascinating. Very child friendly with interactive exhibits in the reception building. Historically a very important building in terms of religious freedom before and after the Revolutionary War. Excellent period architecture

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Guide gave interesting history but we weren't allowed to look around inside. That's missing from the tour

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Chicago
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Informative docent in a gorgeous, historic setting. The museum on the property was an extra enhancement to the experience.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The small garden outside the synagogue is lovely just in and of itself, though the exterior of the building is rather plain, belying the breathtaking beauty of both the architecture and the traditional Jewish trappings such as the Torah scrolls, ceremonial goblets, and other items on display. The garden has a plaque commemorating President George Washington's letter to the synagogue... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was the perfect spot to start my visit to the area. The museum is great and gives you a lot of history of the local area, make sure you listen to the holographic re-enactments of major events in the town. The tour itself is short but very informative. For me, it solidified the great respect Rhode Islanders have for... More

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West Haven, Connecticut
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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

$12 per person for adults. Kids are free. There is very, very little parking available. The grounds are pleasant and the surrounding neighborhood is from 1700s and 1800s. Very charming area.

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Montreal, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

There are so many wonderful aspects to this site that it is difficult to know what to focus on. The architectural design is beautiful and especially interesting because the architect was not Jewish and had no experience with synagogue design. Still he was able to create a space which, while smaller, is comparable to some of the great synagogues of... More

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