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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in...

The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.

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Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

My cousin told me that since we were going to Curacao we must go visit the Synagogue. It was relatively easy to find. The experience was very moving and quite enlightening. The... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Aventura, Florida
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My cousin told me that since we were going to Curacao we must go visit the Synagogue. It was relatively easy to find. The experience was very moving and quite enlightening. The history is fascinating, especially why the floor of such a beautiful Synagogue is covered in beach sand. The staff are friendly and more than willing to answer your... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We were told this was free to enter, but on arrival we were asked for 10US each to enter. Its the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere, but we ended up not going in . Nice building though.

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Rockville, Maryland
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Curacao has been ruled by many nations, each with differing views of the importance of its Jewish community. Through these centuries, this congregation, the oldest one in the Western Hemisphere has survived. Yes, there is a small charge for the visit, to help preserve the structure and its collection. However, the opportunity must not be missed to understand communal survival.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Surprisingly, I was the only visitor on the day and time I was there. Nice little museum containing many old religious items and artefacts. The highlight of my visit was, of course, the interior of synagogue itself...absolutely beautiful, both in architecture and decorative elements. Bright, noble and calming - with a special floor covering. Worth the detour and the $10/US... More 

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Visiting this synagogue and the museum was a really worthwhile experience for our family. We came back on Friday night for Shabbat services and enjoyed those as well. The sand covered floor of the temple made for a very interesting experience.

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Being Jewish, it was especially interesting to me. Prior to my visit I was not aware of the Jewish heritage on Curacao.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Curacao was relatively welcoming to Jewish settlers, and indeed the Maduro family remains a big part of island life. The Iberian origins of the synagogue are quite different for someone from another tradition and the synagogue just has a wonderful spiritual and open feel to it. The museum gives a sense of a very different Jewish culture that is interesting... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

The last time my wife and visited Curacao we did not have time to tour this remarkable place, which is the oldest active synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. On this most recent cruise, I contacted the synagogue in advance, to inquire as to tours, and they responded with informative advise on days/times of tours. We spent an hour visiting this... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

There are many churches that are far more spectacular, but this Synagogue is very unique in many ways. It is the oldest still operating Synagogue in the Americas. It has preserved the past by still having a floor of sand as to reduce the sound of walking. It all goes back to the days of the Spanish inquisition from the... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

On our one day in Curacao on a cruise we did a number of things, including visiting this extraordinary synagogue- the oldest, continually used synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, consecrated in 1732! It literally has a sand floor! We also toured the fascinating museum. What I loved best was finding out that it is an active synagogue with a vibrant... More 

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