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“Extremely interesting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portuguese Synagogue

Portuguese Synagogue
Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 5 310 380
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Ranked #23 of 247 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Extremely interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was the biggest synagogue in the workd in the 17th century, built by Sephardi Jews escaping Inquisitation in Portugal and Spain. Definitely worth a visit if you're interested in Jewish history.

Visited March 2014
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  • Portuguese first
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Essen, Germany
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“An impressing building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I can highly recommend this site, it´s built in the 17th century and still operating for service. Impressing building, splendid treasure, you can visit some of the outbuildings too, and an audio guide (for free) gives you some useful informations.
I felt welcome, although I´m not familiar with jewish customs and religious ceremonies.
A combination ticket for this Portuguese Synagogue + Jewish Historic Museum + Hollandsche Schouwburg is available.

Visited March 2014
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Ardsley, New York
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“Magnificent Building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This newly renovated synagogue and surrounding Museum was excellent. The story of the Jews in Amsterdam is told very clearly..Don't miss it. A great piece of history ..

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London, United Kingdom
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“Very unusual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Beautiful building and interior, very interesting story of the Portuguese Jews and I felt lucky to be allowed to have a private view of an old temple.

The ticket costs €5 and it is also valid for entry of the Jewish Museum (across the road).

I was quite surprised to see many elements that resembled Christian churches.

Thank you for allowing the public to visit!

Visited March 2014
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Letham, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Entrance fee entitles you to the orthodox synagogue also, which is across the road. Very interesting, with loads of interesting facts about this very significant part of Amsterdam history, we happily spent an afternoon between both places, which wasn't long enough.

Visited February 2014
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