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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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Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

A gem that must be maintained for now and the future. Absolutely worth seeing in combination with the Curacao Museum and the Maritime Museum.

Thank avdw
Reviewed 9 July 2017

This is the oldest synagogue in the Americas and it's gorgeous. I loved the sand floor and the soaring, airy space. The tiny museum had some very interesting artifacts.

Thank campmarengo
Reviewed 31 May 2017

I did not read any reviews before visiting the synagogue and was very surprised to see the Sand Floors when we entered! It was soo cool! They also have a nice museum and gift shop associated with the synagogue. It is $10 per person for...More

Thank JR01988
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit for anyone, besides the unusual Synagogue itself with beautiful carved wooden interior and an original sand floor, the museum includes the original complex with rooms and furnishings and very interesting objects from when the people first arrived . ( i think around...More

Thank SIArtist
Reviewed 21 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank Raymond-M62
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.

1  Thank prevfromPurley
Reviewed 19 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...More

Thank Charley44
Reviewed 11 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,...More

Thank ScoBern
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.

Thank happytraveler0331
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.

Thank Wb2tnx
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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
Debbie L
6 January 2017|
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Response from Dr G | Reviewed this property |
Dear Debbie, My wife and I arrived on Curacao via cruise ship and walked from the ship into the downtown area for our own self-performed tour of the synagogue. Allow yourself time to take in all of the Judaica and history... More