Dating back to 1675, the Portuguese Synagogue is one the world’s largest synagogues. Its architect, Elias Bouwman, was supposedly inspired by the Temple of Solomon. Regardless of the source of inspiration, it has become one of Amsterdam’s greatest treasures.
Back in the 17th century, Amsterdam’s synagogues were quite visible, but their entrances were not supposed to be too noticeable. After passing through the demure entrance, you’ll be amazed by the mammoth proportions of the preserved 17th century interior. This beautiful structure managed to escape destruction during World War II and is still in use today.