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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  • One of the most old place of Paramaribo. The fort is almost 400 years old, but in good condition. In the fort you can find the national museum of the history of Suriname from pre-historic times till n...  more »
  • There isn't much left of the fort walls, but there are lots of lovely old architecture, beautiful old trees, and a few restaurants.  more »
  • Impressive, especially when you know what is going on here has played, does provide a separate strange feeling, particularly good to see the buildings.
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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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