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“Old synagogue from 1671”

Portuguese Synagogue
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Discover Amsterdam's Golden Age in the Portuguese Synagogue
Ranked #34 of 510 things to do in Amsterdam
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Castricum, The Netherlands
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200 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Old synagogue from 1671”
Reviewed April 25, 2014

This imposing building is one of the rare synagoges of past centuries. A visit with an audiotour is very intersting. Upon entering the synagoge men must put on a keppel that is given at the ticket counter. Not only the interior but also the surrounding buildings leave a memorable impression. The Portuguese community has one of the world’s most important Jewish heritage collections. Its ceremonial objects, prints and manuscripts are of inestimable value. The ceremonial objects are used to his day.

Visited March 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 attraction reviews
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“Portugese Synagogue”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Most impressive building in town!
Worth a short 20 minute visit.
Best is when you visit on special evenings when the candles are on. You can also visit the excellent Jewish History Museum accross the street

Visited April 2014
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Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
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“Very old synagogue”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Interesting visit and gives you a good insight into the daily life of the Jewish community in Amsterdam. Good audio guide (free).

Visited April 2014
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Kingsport, Tennessee
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“Fascinating place to visit.”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

Fascinating place to visit. A nice relaxing, quiet alternative to the hussle-bustle of the big art museums in Amsterdam. The self-guided tours are excellent (you point your electronic phone-shaped device at a device next to each noteworthy location and it gives you a 2-5 min mini-lecture on the subject, in English).

It amazed me to think that Jews needing to escape from the Inquisition in Portugal in the 1600's ended up in Amsterdam. Two sea-faring cities (Lisbon, Amsterdam), I suppose news travels, and they ended up in this great city. It is an enormous building, survived WW II, still used as a Synagogue. They have a small museum in the lower levels showing the old artifacts, some of which were brought from Portugal. This is not just a museum for those with an interest in Jewish history; it also provides a window on European history.

At the ticket window, you can purchase a Museum Card instead of a ticket. Visiting only 3 museums covers the cost of the museum card, and it will save you having to stand on lines (not an issue here, but at other museums).

Visited March 2014
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Extremely interesting”
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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