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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, Willemstad

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Visit the oldest standing synagogue in the Americas, Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. The community can trace its roots to the 1650s, when Spanish and Portuguese Jews who had been living in the Netherlands and Brazil came to Curacao. The current building dates from 1730 and displays an attractive colonial style, with yellow-hue walls and white ornamentations. Step inside to see the well-preserved interior's many striking features, including three vaulted ceilings and a central chandelier. An onsite museum details the history of the synagogue and Jews in the Americas. Put Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue into our Curacao itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The Mikve Israel Synagogue offers a glimpse into the past. Post Inquisition period mikve and many Jewish artifacts. A cute gift shop and a chapel floor made entirely of sand. 
  • The oldest synagogue of the new world. Beautiful light. Very nice atmosphere. With a small museum. Short visit. Then on the other side of the coffee at wandu.
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  • We only got to peek in as it was closed. What we saw made us wish we had more time to visit. Not particularly interesting on the outside, we almost missed it.