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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Portuguese Synagogue

Portuguese Synagogue
Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)
+31 (0)20 5 310 380
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Ranked #27 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Louth, United Kingdom
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

As part of the Amsterdam Card the synagogue is free so coming back from the zoo and seeing the exterior we decided to go in. Admittedly not knowing anything about synagogue's and the particular Religious aspects and the different rooms outside for different practices this was really interesting.

The actual synagogue has a lovely peaceful and spacious quality to it and great for just sitting and enjoying a calm break from the city for a little bit. Was an unexpected addition to the day's plan and became a highlight and something a bit different. Would recommend.

Visited May 2013
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Northbrook, Illinois
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“Spectacular synagogue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

One of the most beautiful synagogues I’ve ever seen. This enormous structure dating back to the 1600’s houses historic artifacts from the Portuguese Jewish community of Amsterdam. Guests are given a state of the art sound set to listen to a narration of the sanctuary, Rabbi’s study, cantor’s office, library, and treasure room, and more. This Orthodox synagogue is currently in use so visitors can see the storage rooms of ritual objects that are used on a daily basis such as tapestries for Torah covers, material for burial shrouds and hundreds of candles. The highlight was the treasure room. Many valuable Jewish historical objects were hidden from the Nazis both from Amsterdam and Germany. It’s amazing to see how these survived the war intact. A ticket to this synagogue also allows free entry to the adjacent Jewish Historical Museum.

Visited January 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Get a free ticket by visiting the Jewish museum first”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I only found out about this by going to the Jewish museum which is across the road. The museum ticket price includes a free ticket to the Portuguese synagogue.
The interior of the synagogue is lovely, apparently lit up using just candles - making me wish I could have seen it after dark. Apart from the synagogue itself, there are various other building to visit, the treasure room, containing silverware used in special services and books rescued from the Nazis during the war, the mortuary, and Rabbi's office. There is a small giftshop on site. There was a toilet, but it was locked. There may have been someone in there, but I did wait for a while before giving up!!
There is not much information on display (It is still actually used as a synagogue, so they can't have displays everywhere, I know!) so make sure you get the free audioguide at the ticket office. It is quite expensive to get in about 12 Euros, so it is definitely sensible to pay the 8 Euros for the museum to get the free ticket to the synagogue!

Visited December 2013
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“Open doors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

One of the most beautiful synagogues I have ever been. The place without electric lights makes me want to go there at night to see ir lighted by candles. It was amazing to hear each corner detail by the device they provide and to be in a historic place where almost the doors were allowed to be opened by the visitors themselves, not needing a guide and spending how much time you want in each room.

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“Amazing place with an amzing history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I was so exited to see this holy place with the museum next to it, see the short movie about the Jewish history in Amsterdam.

Visited December 2013
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