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“Nice architecture and history...”

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
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$25.00*
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Curacao TukTuk City Tour
Ranked #16 of 109 things to do in Willemstad
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Owner description: The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
Toronto, Canada
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107 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Nice architecture and history...”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

It was pleasant to see one of the oldest continuously used synagogues on the Western Hemisphere. If you have extra time on your trip check it out.

Visited February 2014
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Uxbridge, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice piece of history”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

Very beautiful inside and out piece of Jewish and Curacao history.
Very interesting sand on the floor.
Very nice gift shop.

Visited January 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful and fascinating”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

The synagogue and its museum are a must for history travelers. The museum describes the history of and the contemporary Jewish community in Curacao, with objects--some 700 years old--from the community. The synagogue itself is a huge beautiful structure, quite peaceful inside.

Visited January 2014
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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84 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Small, but very present”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

The synagogue may look small, but is ancient in Caribbean terms. It is not always open, but certainly worth the effort of a visit..

Visited May 2013
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Chicago, IL
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340 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“The sand floors were so interesting.”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Beautiful synagogue with self-guided walking tour. Decent security--the guard was also the ticket taker. Pretty mandatory $10 per person to walk through. Gorgeous old wood and brass chandeliers. Great place for a destination wedding! Wish I'd asked if anyone still used the Mikvah-was very interesting and small, with no steps. Must have used a ladder!

Visited December 2013
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