Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, Willemstad
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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Everyone told us we had to see the synagogue and we are glad we did. It is living history. Everyone should visit it.
A small museum and gift shop but the Temple was grand. The traditional wood used for ornamentation is mahogany (real) and the bright work is glimmering brass. It was very informative to a Christian bo... read more »
This is a beautiful temple that gave me both a feeling for its European roots as well as its Caribbean influences. Judaism is all about survival against all odds and this temple exemplifies that. The ... read more »
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