Presidential Palace, Paramaribo

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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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  • August 13, 2017
    You are certain to receive an invitation if you are in country as a diplomat; enjoy the special flavors of Suriname foods often served on the front lawn.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    The presidential palace looks a bit run down. Some parts of the outside look more yellow than white. They are currently working on it so hopefully it will look better soon.  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    The entire city of Paramaribo is beautiful, highlights that particular architecture, in this setting the Presidential Palace stands out for its beauty.
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  • March 16, 2017
    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.
  • October 25, 2016
    A place you must visit in Paramaribo, the mix between modern government and old colonial heritage.
  • September 14, 2016
    This wooden building is one of the remnants of the Ducth colonial era. If one visits #Suriname a visit is recommended.
  • June 22, 2016
    It's a good place to visit and learn more of the heritage of suriname
  • November 16, 2016
    Nice visit at night

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