The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam

This monograph describes the cultural history of the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. It tells the story of this remarkable building and the people who have worshipped there through the centuries.


The 2011 restoration of the Portuguese Synagogue occasioned this publication, which sheds light on the cultural and historical significance of this remarkable building, located on the Jonas Daniël Meijerplein in Amsterdam. The book tells the complete story of the synagogue and its interior, from architect Elias Bouman, to the building’s structural conservation and the functional significance of its design and its annexes. It is also a fascinating account of the history of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam. An entire chapter is devoted to the synagogue’s ceremonial art treasures.

This book is also available in Dutch.

Publishing details

Writers: David P. Cohen Paraira, Kees Doornenbal, Roos Keppler, Mirjam Knotter, Eloy Koldeweij, Coert Peter Drabbe, Dik de Roon, Jos Smit and Pieter Vlaardingerbroek
Editor: Pieter Vlaardingerbroek
ISBN: 978-90-400-0762 0
Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Amsterdam Office of Listed Buildings and Archaeology, WBOOKS, 2013