Amsterdam in the Golden Age: the Portuguese Synagogue
- Visit a unique building with a 17th-century interior that's still fully intact
- Experience the Golden Age of Amsterdam
- See the Portuguese Synagogue illuminated by hundreds of candles
Amsterdam’s prosperity in the Golden Age would have been unimaginable without the contribution made by the Jewish community. The Portuguese Synagogue was erected in the heart of Amsterdam in 1675 and was the largest synagogue in the world at the time.
The building is still used as a house of worship but it is also open to the public and concerts are held there regularly. The beautifully authentic interior is guaranteed to amaze, and you will relish seeing the most exceptional collections of Jewish heritage with your own eyes. Be awed by the synagogue’s stunning interior, with its large stone pillars, white plastered walls, and dark furniture, bathed in the abundant light that shines through its 72 windows. Since its consecration in 1675, it has had no electric light or heating; the only artificial light comes from the 1000 candles in the many brass chandeliers. The sand on the wood floor protects it from dirt.
The other buildings in the complex include treasure chambers where visitors can admire a unique collection of ceremonial objects made of silver, gold, silk and brocade. The complex also includes the oldest functioning Jewish library in the world, Ets Haim Livraria Montezinos, which is included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
The Portuguese Synagogue is part of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, which also includes the Jewish Historical Museum with the engaging Children's Museum, the moving National Holocaust Memorial and the National Holocaust Museum. Here visitors can find out all about Jewish culture, history, and traditions. You can visit all five locations with one ticket, which is valid for one month.
- Admission to the Portuguese Synagogue
- Audio tour
- Admission to all 5 locations of the Jewish Cultural Quarter and exhibitions
- Guided tours
- Children (6-12 years old), youth (13-17 years old): reduced
- Infants 0-5 years old: free
Portuguese Synagogue: Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD Amsterdam, Netherlands
- An audio guide is available in English, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, German and French
- The ticket includes admission to the Portuguese synagogue, Children's Museum, the National Holocaust Memorial, the National Holocaust Museum and the Jewish Historical Museum
- Once you have exchanged your voucher for the 5 tickets to the attractions, they are all valid for one month. This means you can come back the next day if you didn't see it all the first time
- Daily except for Saturdays, Jewish holidays and King's Day
- Opens at 10.00am, closing times vary
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