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Portuguese Synagogue

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Reviewed 1 week ago

if you're interested in the history and the religion, then this synagogue might be a good option to visit. It's free for museum kart holders, otherwise, I found it a bit expensive. It's educational and well organized. it is still in use so be attentive...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Melikes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is pretty cool to see such an old synagogue that is part of the history of Jewish people in Amsterdam. It is still in use (since it is unheated another building is used during the colder months) and lit only with huge candelabras full...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank misanthropicdreamer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of the Jewish quarter experience...along with the Holocaust museum and Jewish museum worth seeing

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jane S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well presented and highly educational. Friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere. Would have loved to have visited when candle lit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Keith M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the way this synagogue was positioned and surrounded by other structures was to be abble to protect the synagogue itself from unwanted visitors. the inside is all wood :chairs,benches balkonies etc. kind of majestic.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Leonard L
Reviewed November 18, 2018

Enjoyed visiting this whole complex of historical buildings including the synagogue but also other buildings that functioned to support the life of the community.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018

The most interesting aspect of the Portuguese Synagogue is that it appears to be frozen in time as it has never been updated. Lightning is by candle and there is no heating. You can see candelholders in the pews as well as the chandeliers. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank KelloggTraveler
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Combine it with the museum of jewish history. This type of synagogues you don't see very often. Near Waterloo-sqaere and Hermitage

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank janauwked
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful Synagogue. Just stand there and admire. So much history. Glad we could come. Walk around the Synagogue and think about the history.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Teach1977
Reviewed November 5, 2018

we viewed the synagogue on a wonderful private tour with Mia and found it both interesting as well as an important glimpse into the Jewish history of Amsterdam. well worth the visit

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lisa R
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August 25, 2018|
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Response from יואל ק | Reviewed this property |
The Jewish Museum just across the way has a cafeteria that offers a good lunch menu. Why not give it a try?
Keren S
August 22, 2018|
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Response from ALAN B | Reviewed this property |
You can by one ticket for all of the buildings
January 15, 2018|
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Response from 117davidgyahoo | Reviewed this property |
No need to buy in advance, head to the holocaust museum and you can buy 4 attractions for 15 euro. Good value, holocaust museum a bit of a disappointment, but the synagogue makes up for it. Check out the Tropenmuseum, close... More
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Yes, I gave this the heads up last week, but nobody replied. I watched it last night and enjoyed it, although the two presenters were a bit irritating. As Silverjet says, well worth a look (and 'art' is used in the broadest sense)