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Portuguese Synagogue, Amsterdam
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Portuguese Synagogue is a relic of the mass migration of Portuguese Jews to Amsterdam during the Inquisition. The ornate synagogue, finished in 1675, allowed the Jews, who had been expelled from Spain and subsequently fled Portugal, the freedom to practice their religion. Take a tour to gain a deeper understanding of the hardships the Jews faced. A tour that includes a guided walk through the Jewish quarter in addition to the synagogue is also available. Work out when and for how long to visit Portuguese Synagogue and other Amsterdam attractions using our handy Amsterdam holiday planner.
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  • What a beautiful building continues this anyway. Especially in the evenings when everything is lit with candles. It can, of course, be on a cold winter night without heating. If you have the chance of living than a concert at so you all have time to admire.
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  • Portuguese synagogue of 1675 is now almost in the same condition as at the time of delivery. There is still no heating and/or electricity. Is running an interesting film of the history of the Portuguese Jews that after the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal began to North Europe. Especially in the evening if there are concerts, it is a fantastic sight to see the hundreds of burning candles. During the week it is a museum and Synagogue during the Sabbath is again the property of the Portuguese Jewish community. Also the many outbuildings are very interesting to visit.
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  • Don't forget that it closes early (2pm) on Friday. Was once the largest synagogue in the world. Amazingly it survived the Nazis during the war and is well worth a visit. There are a number of rooms aw...  more »
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  • Impressive synagogue. One of the oldest in Europe. You can listen to some important facts about it's history with the gadget that you receive when you buy the ticket.
  • The story of the synagogue and the Jewish religious customs. The synagogue inside is very genuine and antique but looks poor to the eye of a tourist
  • Impressive synagogue. You can learn a lot about Amsterdam's Jews history.
  • I'm not Jew but this synagoge is really impressive ! And the story behind too
  • A very impressive and historical synagogue. The second oldest in Europe and heritage site of a community that suffered persecution in many different places. They are a very welcoming community, you are free to open most doors in the nearby structure and the audio guide has a lot of good information.