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Touro Synagogue National Historic Site

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A Jewish synagogue located on Touro Street, just north of Bellevue Avenue, Touro Synagogue is the oldest existing synagogue in the United States. In 1658, more than a dozen Jewish families, mostly refugees from Spain and Portugal, founded a Sephardic community. A century later, British-Colonial architect and local resident Peter Harrison designed a two-story Palladian house of worship for this community.

Completed in 1763, and still serving Newport’s Jewish congregation today, its elegant 12-columned interior remains virtually unchanged. A mural on the east wall depicts the Ten Commandments in Jewish; below it is an ark containing the Torah. Legend has it that a small trapdoor in the platform upon which the Torah is read symbolizes the days of persecution when Jews had to worship in secret; it also was supposedly a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The John L. Loeb Visitors center has two floors of multimedia exhibits that explore the history of Newport’s Jewish community.

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85 Touro St, Newport, RI, 02840
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Historic Walking Tour of Newport with Guide and Full Narration
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Historic Walking Tour of Newport with Guide and Full Narration

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Get an in-depth introduction to the colonial history of scenic Newport, Rhode Island during this guided walking tour. Cover the city’s standout sights and multi-faith locations, from Touro Synagogue to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, as you uncover the area’s little-known origins, from its revolutionary-era history to standing today.
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What are Touro Synagogue National Historic Site hours of operation?
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Touro Synagogue National Historic Site hours of operation: Jul-Sep, 2013: Sun-Fri, Visitor Center: 9:30am-4:30pm, tours: 10:00am-4:00pm. Sep 2-Nov 1, 2013: Sun-Fri, VC: 9:30am-2:30pm, tours: 10:00am-2:00pm. Hours change per season.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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