Inneres der Portugiesischen Synagoge in Amsterdam ± 1680, by Emanuel de Witte (1617–1692) Rijksmuseum (from Wikipedia) .
The Portuguese Synagogue is an awe-inspiring testimony of the vibrant and rich Jewish culture in Amsterdam in the seventeenth century. The beautiful building, modelled after the Temple of Solomon, was the biggest synagogue of its time. It is still a functioning synagogue, but it is also open to visitors. For additional information click HERE.
Sure I have some ‘conversos‘ among my ancestors, perhaps that’s why I’ve been always fascinated by their history and by the fact that Sephardi Jews still keep their language (ladino), derived mainly from the Castilian language that was spoken in the XV century.