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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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Willemstad, Curacao
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"sand floor"
in 58 reviews
"western hemisphere"
in 77 reviews
"jewish community"
in 23 reviews
"small museum"
in 25 reviews
"spanish inquisition"
in 8 reviews
"adjacent museum"
in 6 reviews
"gift shop"
in 20 reviews
"interesting artifacts"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 6 reviews
"rich history"
in 6 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 16 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 13 reviews
"piece of history"
in 5 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 7 reviews
"white sand"
in 7 reviews
"on display"
in 5 reviews
"pontoon bridge"
in 6 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We attended services here in the past and also toured the synagogue once. Today we went to the gift shop only to pick up a few items and to help support this wonderful congregation. The sand floor is unique in my experience and really adds...More

Thank A3661OZsusank
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our last Celebrity cruise, we took a tour about Jewish History and Culture. It included this synagogue, a Jewish cemetery and a Jewish rum distillery. We booked through Curacao Tour and Taxi, and our guide, Jude Reyes, was wonderful. We were fortunate enough to...More

Thank ajhoss45
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Synagogue is an absolute must when visiting Curacao. The museum tells the rich Jewish history of Curacao and brings it to life with the many personal items. One of the is the Leica Freedom Camera. The Leitz family saved many Jews during the war.

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Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

When you come here you should get a glimpse of this place. Im not as religious myself but I love architechture and history.

Thank enurweb
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Reviewed May 5, 2018

Apart from being the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere to still be in continues use, the museum also offers a lot of insight into the Jewish history of curacao.

Thank Quinten K
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Reviewed April 21, 2018

The synagogue is really beautiful and the museum has a lot of history of the Jewish heritage of the island. A really interesting and beautiful place.

Thank mchavin
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

Spent about an hour here, self-guided tour of the synagogue and museum. Helpful staff in museum. You are allowed to take photos in the synagogue but not museum. Nice way to spend some time. Great exhibits and the history is fascinating.

Thank GypsygirlPenfield
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Reviewed April 13, 2018

This is a synagogue that is currently in use. They have a beautiful museum and you can hear the service from outside. I would say this is one of the jewels of the island. Just go.

Thank Adriana D
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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

The is the first synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Beautiful chapel...it has an all-sand floor. A lot of history to learn and celebrate y

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

We actually attended a holiday service (Purim). The congregation was very welcoming, the cantor conducted an enjoyable service and the history and building itself were very interesting. Worth a visit to hear about the early Jewish residents who fled from Spain and found a safe...More

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Barbara G
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Response from Carla S | Reviewed this property |
As the previous person told you, it is very easy to get to the Synagogue wherever your cruise docks.In any case, head to the floating bridge and right after you cross it, there there is a tourist info point where you can... More
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Response from SIArtist | Reviewed this property |
I am a tourist the same as you. I have been to Curaçao and this Synagogue twice. They have services on Friday night and Saturday mornings. Other days they are open for tourists and their Museum attached to the complex is... More
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