Synagogue Mikvé Israel-Emanuel in Willemstad, Curacao

Source: Atlas Obscura

Synagogue Mikvé Israel-Emanuel

The Synagogue Mikvé Israel-Emanuel is one of the oldest synagogues in the Western world yet its sand floor is not a product of age but a tribute to a time of persecution of the local Jewish people.  

Built in 1730, the synagogue was established to serve a congregation that had been growing in the area for over a hundred years previous. The spacious interior of the religious house is decked out in deep mahogany benches and a lovely bemah (raised platform) made of the same. Yet despite lush furnishings the entire floor is made of yellow beach sand. It almost ...

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