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Touro Synagogue

Touro Synagogue

Newport, Rhode Island

Located in the Newport National Historic Landmark District, the Touro Synagogue is the oldest standing synagogue in the United States, and is an excellent example of classical Georgian architecture with Sephardic Jewish elements. Designed by noted colonial architect Peter Harrison, it was dedicated in 1762, although the congregation was founded in 1658 by Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal and were searching for a haven from religious persecution in the Caribbean. A Save America’s Treasures grant was used to preserve the synagogue's exterior architectural features and reinforce overloaded roof trusses.

Photo: Touro Synagogue
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