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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 Willemstad itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The synagogue is beautiful. The museum in the same complex is fascinating, including a Torah scroll written in the 1360's and smuggled out of Spain during the Inquisition in the 1490's. Well worth mak...  more »
  • Very unique historical Jewish site. Sand Synagogue with a museum attached to it. If you arrive during Jewish holidays then you can buy tickets to take part in the traditional celebrations.  more »
  • Colourful edifice which I wouldn't have thought to have been a synagogue but then again that might just be my ignorance - but the large fee sought for entry into the establishment was prohibitive whic...  more »