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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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  • Spent about 45 minutes visiting the synagogue (the oldest in the western hemisphere in continual use) and the accompanying museum. The synagogue is beautiful and the sandy floor is explained inside. I...  more »
  • This old but active synagogue is quite beautiful in the inside. It was interesting looking through the museum as my family had members from the 1700's who were involved in it. 
  • I have traveled into many churches and synagogues around the world and this one is one of the most unique. I don't want to take away the surprise but the floors are sand. Anyone of faith will be in aw...  more »