Treasure chambers

On Tuesday 20 december 2011 Her Majesty Beatrix attended the festive closing of the restoration work of the Portuguese Synagogue and the first presentation of the treasure rooms with many special ceremonial objects. She marked an important moment in the history of this monumental complex. The treasure rooms are open to the public from 21 December.

In January 2010 the current restoration project began. This restoration was necessary because the annexes were in very poor condition and had never previously been restored from the foundations. The aim of the restoration and provision of access was to maintain the Synagogue's authenticity. The restoration is taking place under the supervision of the architecture firm Rappange & Partners. The restoration is being conducted by the contractor Konst & van Polen.

Renovation of and rearrangement to ensure easy access to the Portuguese Synagogue is a wonderful and unique addition to the city's cultural features. It will reinforce the cultural and economic infrastructure and make the city and region more attractive for residents and visitors. This heritage is unique, in that it remains a lively building with an equally vibrant community that uses it to this day.

The Esnoga is a pearl for Amsterdam and the Netherlands. In use for centuries, it is now literally opening its doors to the general public. Visitors will be able to view the art treasures, which are maintained according to museum preservation standards, in their natural context. The functional areas will also be made visible and accessible to visitors, who will thus feel like guests in the community. Visiting this historic complex is like taking a stroll through the past and present of a community that has been celebrating its religion and culture for three centuries within these walls.