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. By using our Willemstad attractions app , you can arrange your visit to Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and other attractions in Willemstad.
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  • Beautiful building, containing years of history. In the middle of the trade in small streets comes the beautiful synagogue.
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  • Surprised by the size and architectural wealth in relation to a small island. The visit to the Synagogue is free however the Jewish Museum is a scam. € 20 per person to visit three rooms of 20 m² each where we see kosher dishes and the torahs!
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  • It is the oldest Synagogue in the Americas operation. Admission is USD10 per person, with the right entry in the small museum inside and also has bathroom. Upon entering the synagogue, as usual, there's a basket of kippot, Beanies of tissue that can be used by visitors and should not forget to return! Upon entering note that the floor the floor is covered in sand, and according to what I have researched, the people that built it was of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who, to escape the expulsion of these countries, converted to Catholicism, but kept it a secret their religious practices. So, covered with sand the floor of the places where they gathered secretly to celebrate their religious cults and try to escape the Inquisition. And the sand used comes from rivers of Suriname or French Guiana, because if it was used the sand of Curacao, the salt in it this will damage the mahogany furniture, which is very well preserved until today. The tour doesn't last more than 30 minutes, you can do when you go for a walk and get to know the region of Punda, is open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 16:30. It is forbidden to take pictures of the Museum only.
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