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Presidential Palace, Paramaribo

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Government Building Tourist Spot
Admire one of the best-preserved examples of Dutch colonial architecture at Presidential Palace, part of Paramaribo's World Heritage-listed historical center. This three-story white building, located across from the main square, was built in 1730 and remains the residence of the president of Suriname. Though you probably cannot gain entrance, you can walk around the exterior, taking in the symmetrical stone construction and wooden upper floor. Then visit the palm garden behind the building, home to capuchin monkeys as well as tropical birds. Proximity to the national assembly, court of justice, and ministry of finance makes this a convenient stop on a walking tour. Plan your visit to Presidential Palace and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Paramaribo trip generator.
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Where to stay in Paramaribo

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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  • The Presidential Palace is definitely the most attractive building at Paramaribo's central 'Onafhankelijkheidsplein' (Independence Square). First constructed in the 18th century, then redone and expan...  more »
  • Only saw the building form the outside. Would be great to see inside. From the outside it looks well cared for and well worth seeing.  more »
  • When I visited the Presidential Palace it was still open for public. Beautiful, astonishing and fascinating is how I would describe it. To walk trhough the rooms, knowing that there is hundreds of yea...  more »
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  • Really lovely building. It's close to a lot of other sites in Paramaribo so be sure to stop by if only for a picture.
  • A place you must visit in Paramaribo, the mix between modern government and old colonial heritage.
  • This wooden building is one of the remnants of the Ducth colonial era. If one visits #Suriname a visit is recommended.
  • It's a good place to visit and learn more of the heritage of suriname
  • Nice visit at night