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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
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“sand floor” (53 reviews)
Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Compared to many things on Curacao, US$10 is a steep admission price--but you are paying to support the place, which includes a nice museum. The interior of the synagogue is beautiful. The museum is likely interesting only to those especially intrigued by the history of...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago

So many synagogues have not survived. It was emotional to realize that this one has seen so much and is still standing.

Thank Lee T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A real hidden treasure. It's not an average synagogue. It is a place plenty of history and the best is that it is in use. Don't miss the museum!

Thank Carla S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A remarkable and beautiful synagogue (oldest in the Caribbean after the one in St. Thomas) and very interesting museum. You can learn about the many contributions the Jewish community has made to Curacao. What a treasure. If you have limited time, this site is certainly...More

Thank 631BarbaraM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful ancient historical synagogue that is still working . However if you actually want to go to a service, I would heartily recommend the Ashkenazi Synagogue Shaarei Tsedek on Magdalenaweg. The community are wonderful. The service is orthodox but people of all...More

Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were down in Curacao for a week of diving. So wanted to experience the Jewish heritage of the island. We did the self guided tour which was quit inspiring. We returned for Friday night service. Very welcoming by the congregation. Service was reform and...More

Thank Aron S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very thrilling to be in the oldest continuing Synagogue in the Americas - with a sand floor! The Synagogue and adjacent Museum was very nice. It was very accessble to find. For travelers who also want to learn something, we would recommend this.

1  Thank drehery
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a self guided tour of the Sephardic Synagogue (free) and the related museum (fee). The Jewish presence on Curacao goes back to the 1700's and this Synagogue has been in continuous use since it was built. The artifacts in the museum (no photos) do...More

2  Thank Coloradonative8585
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The synagogue is located next to the Jewish Cultural Historical Museum in Punda and open to the public ($10.00 entrance fee with access to the museum). The most surprising was the sand floor and the simplicity of the inside. A very peaceful place to visit...More

Thank flemish01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was interested in visiting this synagogue simply because of it's age and history. There is a small museum in the back that has an interesting collection on display.

Thank ZoomyCJ
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3 August 2017|
Response from SIArtist | Reviewed this property |
I am a tourist the same as you. I have been to Curaçao and this Synagogue twice. They have services on Friday night and Saturday mornings. Other days they are open for tourists and their Museum attached to the complex is... More
15 April 2017|
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Response from moishe613 | Reviewed this property |
You can complete your efforts in a day or two. The Emanuel synagogue visit also has an interesting museum and bare bones gift shop. This is in the center of the capital. There is a small Jewish neighborhood with... More