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Amsterdam Portuguese Synagogue Restoration of a monumental interior

All the objects and features are of great cultural-historical
and monumental importance.

According to the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), the interior and exterior of the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam form a unique ensemble. The classicist building style and the architecture of the interior with three naves are reminiscent of the Protestant churches of the seventeenth century. However, once inside, the original interior isn’t indicative of a church at all. The typically Judaic elements of the interior are included on the list of protected interior ensembles of the RCE and the ceremonial objects are included in the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act list. All objects and features are of great cultural-historical and monumental importance.

Wood and copper

The interior, which has been used for centuries, is in urgent need of restoration. The separate interior elements are mainly divided into two groups of materials: wood (such as the benches and the Bimah, the platform on which the Torah is read) and copper (such as the chandeliers). In 2025, the synagogue will have its 350th anniversary; the objective is to present the monument to visitors and users in all its former glory on that occasion.