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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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  • The fort of Zeelandia is the oldest spot in Suriname. The capital started growing from this point. The museum is nice and gives a great insight in history. The recent events in this fort make it even ...  more »
  • I did a walk around by myself. Basically, no one there to visit but me. An 18th century, star shaped fort. History fans will like it.  more »
  • Fort Zeelandia was much smaller than expected. A couple of rooms in which the history of Suriname is told, on the fort itself rather little.
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  • They do tours for this museum, it goes into history which can be of great value for people.
  • Not as impressive but worth a visit once in the area.
  • Nice to visit at night... has a nice historic feel to it.
  • This is a small fort, but nice one. You can see the river from top.
  • The history of this fort is amazing! I like the view from the fort onto the Surinam river.

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Paramaribo is packed with guesthouses, which make this town an extremely appealing destination for backpackers. The least expensive option in town, some of these establishments offer very basic rooms and shared restrooms without hot water--ask about on-site facilities before checking in. Dozens of mid-range hotels provide a more suitable option for families with kids, business travelers, and anyone else looking for a few more perks. If you're planning to stay longer, consider renting a furnished apartment in a residential neighborhood.
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