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“A beautiful piece of history”

Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum
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Bridgetown Walking Tour in Barbados
Ranked #13 of 89 things to do in Bridgetown
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Owner description: Oldest Jewish synagogue in the Western hemisphere, dating back to 1654.
Reviewed 10 November 2013

The synagogue dates from the 1650's and is truly worth the visit. From the marble floors to the mahogany woodwork, it is a truly beautiful spot. We enjoyed looking around the attached cemetery as well - there are graves that are hundreds of years old. Check out the museum as well - very interesting.

1  Thank PhilMamma
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Very old, very well kept, but not open when we visited so did not have access to inside. The cemetery has coffins as far back as 1700's. Nestled in the city, very old next door to very new.

Thank Rosanne M
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This ancient site is five minutes walk from the shops of Broad Street. It is now a museum commemorating the part Jews played in the island's early history. Entry is free but donations for its upkeep are welcomed. An oasis of quiet.

1  Thank BarbadosAdrian
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

The wood work in the ark and other areas is superb. One should read all of the items on the walls. This does not have the sand floor like the St Thomas, VI synagogue, but is a similar style. The outdoor graves are a bit creepy though.

Thank joe-chicago-23
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

The Nidhe Israel Synagogue was originally built in the 1600’s and the new building dates from the 19th Century - originally for religious freedom of Jews fleeing Recife, Brazil.

The building (owned by the National Trust) has been restored and now holds services again, has a museum, is open to the public and is the only synagogue in Barbados.

The grounds are interesting, the building is simply graceful and you can walk to it along Synagogue Lane. Open Monday to Friday 09:00am – 4:00pm, BDS - $25 and well worth a visit while in Bridgetown.

Enjoy your experience!

Thank Globebugs
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