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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  • One of the oldest synagogues in the carribean, in the middle of the city center, very old interior and furniture. It has a museum as well but the synagogue itself is a museum of its own. The floor is....  more
    One of the oldest synagogues in the carribean, in the middle of the city center, very old interior and furniture. It has a museum as well but the synagogue itself is a museum of its own. The floor is....  more »
  • Beautiful. A surprising "must see". So much interesting history packed into a small area. Phyllis and " Tippi" at the adjacent museum were so knowledgeable and helpful. Don't miss it! 
    Beautiful. A surprising "must see". So much interesting history packed into a small area. Phyllis and " Tippi" at the adjacent museum were so knowledgeable and helpful. Don't miss it!  more »
  • Very interesting museum and beautiful synagogue. Definitely worth a visit if your traveling to curaçao. My children enjoyed going to a Jewish museum that was not about the Holocaust. 
    Very interesting museum and beautiful synagogue. Definitely worth a visit if your traveling to curaçao. My children enjoyed going to a Jewish museum that was not about the Holocaust.  more »
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  • Lovely experience learning about the religious history of the Spanish Portuguese jews. The space speaks holy. There is also a museum that shares further, the rich history. Only US$10 per person and males must wear skull cap while in the Synagogue. Open Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Quiet and beautiful. Sand floors. Centuries of history. Museum next door is a very worthwhile experience too.
  • Have wanted to visit for a long time. This house of prayer is substantial. Because I’d heard it has a sand floor, I thought it might be indoor/outdoor like a beachside cafe. Not the case at all. The sturdy historic building has a colonial feel and is similar to a church design. Dark wood pews, elaborate candelabras, pipe organ. I wanted it to be more like the shifting shuls of the desert when the Jews wandered for 40 years. Instead it is smack in the center of commerce and literally central in Willemstad. It is a walled compound. Protected feeling. Not possible to go to the balcony where I would have been forced to go in the synagogue’s heyday. There’s a cool mikveh excavated in one of the courtyards. The staff was very friendly.
  • Great synagogue and interesting place to stop in and tour.
  • It always a delight to return here with my guests. This building is majestic, its decorations explendid a historic master piece. A national treasure of Curaçao.

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