Touro Synagogue, a National Historic Site, is the oldest synagogue in the United States. A building of exquisite beauty and design, it is considered one of the ten most architecturally distinguished buildings of colonial America. Each year, thousands of visitors cross its threshold to see the magnificent interior and hear its remarkable story. The synagogue stands as a symbol of religious freedom for all Americans. In his famous letter to the “Hebrew Congregation in Newport,” written in 1790, President George Washington pledged that our new nation would give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” With those few words he set the standard for religious freedom in America. The Loeb Visitors Center, gateway to the synagogue, offers two floors of interactive exhibits that enhance the visitor experience.