Philipsburg Courthouse, Philipsburg
(3.7/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Explore Philipsburg's history with a visit to Philipsburg Courthouse, the former home of the town's founder, Commander John Philips. Built in 1793, the emblematic Dutch colonial-style building has since undergone several renovations and served different purposes, including fire station, jail, and post office. Today, it is an active courthouse--so those wishing to see the interior should temper expectations, as court proceedings in progress may impede visits. Outside, note the pineapple that sits perched at the top of the building, an international symbol of welcome. Plan to see Philipsburg Courthouse and other attractions that appeal to you using our Philipsburg vacation generator.
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  • The Philipsburg Courthouse is the postcard of St. Maarten. In the bustling city entry and with Palm trees. This relic from the past was the home of the founder of the town, Commander John Philips and today houses the Court of law. Worth the visit!
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  • When you're entering Philipsburg coming from the pier's is a mandatory photo as it is the entrance to the city on Front Street which is the street which is full of jewelry stores, designer shops and perfumes.
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  • This capital of the Dutch area, mainly consists of 2 parallel shopping streets. 1 shopping street with the more expensive brands and one block with more local shops. However, both run partly by each other and are absolutely not so cozy. Focus on cruise tourists, but otherwise no added value.
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