Portuguese Synagogue Overview

The Portuguese Synagogue, commonly referred to as esnoga, is a spectacular Iberian-Sephardic-style structure from the 17th century located in the old Jewish district of Amsterdam. It serves as a functioning Synagogue and occasionally doubles as a location for candlelight concerts. On days when there are no services, visitors are welcome to explore this majestic esnoga and the secret treasure chambers.

The Portuguese Synagogue, a late 17th-century Sephardic synagogue in Amsterdam, serves as the Portuguese Jewish Community of Amsterdam's functional house of worship. Commonly known as the Esnoga, it is one of the most significant monuments of Amsterdam and is regarded as one of the most stunning synagogues in the entire world.

The interior of this building has been preserved in its entirety, making it extraordinary and worth visiting. Although some minor restorations have been undertaken, the synagogue still mostly retains its original appearance even after over 300 years. The Hebrew inscription that references Psalm 5:8 "In the abundance of Thy lovingkindness will I come into Thy house" is still visible above the entryway. Visitors are especially impressed by the courtyard's tranquility, which allows them to escape into a bygone era. Excite yourself and visit the 17th century ancient monument of Amsterdam with our Europe trip packages.

The synagogue's architecture reflects the identity and prosperity of Amsterdam's Jewish community as it was the largest synagogue of its time and one of the biggest buildings in Amsterdam. The synagogue complex also houses various offices and archives, the rabbinate, and a mortuary. Ets Haim Livraria Montezinos, the oldest Jewish library in existence and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also here and houses priceless collections of Sephardic manuscripts. A visit to the Portuguese synagogue will undoubtedly leave you in awe of the spectacular architecture and rich history of the Jewish community in Amsterdam.

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• Visit the Portuguese Synagogue to admire the impressive architecture of the 17th-century Iberian-Sephardic-style structure.
• Explore the wonderful interiors of the building, which is still intact even after some renovations, and get immersed in the bygone era.
• Take a walking tour with a guide to learn about the history of the Synagogue and the Jewish community in Amsterdam while exploring the complex.
• Wander through the courtyard to soak in the serene ambiance and explore the winter synagogue, rabbinate, archives, and mortuary.
• Visit Ets Haim Livraria Montezinos, the oldest Jewish library in existence, and take a look at its priceless collections of Sephardic manuscripts.

How To Reach

By Metro: Take the metro line 51, 53, or 54 to Waterlooplein station and exit at the Nieuwe Amstelstraat. The esnoga is within walking distance from here.

By Tram: Take tram 14 to stop Artis or Flevopark vv. The Synagogue is only a few minutes walk from there. 

By Car: Portuguese Synagogue is located around 22 kilometers from Amsterdam Schiphol airport, where you can rent a car for convenient travel. ParkKing Waterlooplein, Markenhoven, and MusicTheater/City Hall are three parking garages close to the Jewish Cultural Quarter.

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Best Time To Visit

The months of April - September are the ideal times to visit the Portuguese Synagogue for the pleasant weather and less crowds. Make your travel plans during the weekdays rather than the weekend, when it's usually busy. Try to get there at the Synagogue close to opening time to have more time to explore and avoid the crowds.

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Tips to Visit

  • The Portuguese Synagogue is wheelchair and stroller accessible and provides wheelchairs with prior reservation, so you can bring your elderly relative with you without worrying about accessibility.
  • Taking a guided tour is the best way to explore the Synagogue and learn about its past and hidden places.
  • Since this is a religious place, dress appropriately covering your shoulders and knees.
  • Bring no food or drink, backpacks, cell phones, or electrical devices like cameras. If you have any of this gear, you won't be allowed to enter.
  • Maintain silence and dignity of the place.

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