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. Use our Paramaribo trip planner to visit Fort Zeelandia on your trip to Paramaribo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Fun and interesting afternoon. Sunday at 12:00 hour you can get a free tour of a very passionate woman who can tell everything about Fort Zeelandia and the further history. This tour is highly recommended!
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  • September 25, 2017
    The Fort Zeelandia in Paramaribo, Suriname is a nostalgic place. It is worthwhile to pay a visit and experience the impressions af the past.  more »
  • September 17, 2017
    Look at the (Dutch)-Suriname history, definitely worth and complete do not expire. Many Dutch elements back to spot. With a guide for company it is more life by the explanation and stories, provided you have the good fortune of a good guide.
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  • July 25, 2017
    They do tours for this museum, it goes into history which can be of great value for people.
  • March 9, 2017
    Not as impressive but worth a visit once in the area.
  • November 16, 2016
    Nice to visit at night... has a nice historic feel to it.
  • September 4, 2016
    This is a small fort, but nice one. You can see the river from top.
  • August 17, 2016
    The history of this fort is amazing! I like the view from the fort onto the Surinam river.

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