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Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo

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For a better understanding of Suriname's history, visit Fort Zeelandia, an old fortress turned into a museum. Named "Fort Willoughby" until 1667, when it was captured by the Dutch and renamed after the Dutch province of Zeeland, the structure originally belonged to British settlers. View the buildings that have witnessed battles and slavery, and saw the "December Murders" in 1982. Today, the fort houses a history museum and a restaurant that serves tasty local dishes. To visit Fort Zeelandia and get the most from your holiday in Paramaribo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Paramaribo itinerary planner.
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  • This site is related to the modern history and former Surinam, the pieces have very attractive collections? Don't miss... The restaurant is expensive but very good
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  • Fort Zeelandia-erected in the 17 century on the banks of the Suriname River, with the function of local defence. In 1651 the Fort was conquered by British forces and called Fort Willoughby. In 1667 the Dutch, regained it in during the dictatorship of Dési Bouterse in 1980, was used to imprison and torture arrested politicians. Since 2004, is a museum. It is worth visiting the site and its surroundings. In place (strong) has a restaurant with very good food and service, but the prices are high, but the location, either during the day or night is great for a nice lunch or dinner and with a wonderful view.
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  • This fort is an icon for the colonial past of Suriname. Here Dutch against British marines competed for dominance over this ' Eldorado '. A visit to this fort, built according to the principles of the French architect Vauban, brings you back to the seventeenth century. The visit passes beyond the bullet impacts of the citizens executed by the military regime in december 1982. On zondagvoormiddagen you can experience a free tour: a real must for those who want to Suriname.
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  • The history of this fort is amazing! I like the view from the fort onto the Surinam river.
  • Ok place, calm, but has a dark history. Name is fort Zeelandia
  • This is a small fort, but nice one. You can see the river from top.
  • history preserved... rare and beautiful
  • Amazing place