Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, Paramaribo

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Visit the largest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere at Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, recently upgraded to the status of a basilica. Built in 1885 and restored in 2010, the imposing wooden building features a peaceful interior, made completely of Surinamese cedar wood. Inside, you can view the grave of missionary priest Peter Donders, three different-sized bells in the tower, and intricate decorations and designs in the woodwork. Using our international travel planner, Paramaribo attractions like Saint Peter and Paul Basilica can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Cathedral is especially beautiful, being constructed inside from light colored cedar wood. The outside looks more typical of Paramaribo historical architecture.  more »
  • Paramaribo is not a beautiful city, and yet it has several amazing landmarks, this cathedral among them. The angles, the light, the windows, and statues. And to think, all of structure is wood, this c...  more »
  • Special construction, all wood. At visit there was collected for maintenance. Although the Church looks not neglected it is to imagine that the maintenance a very costly undertaking.
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  • The Basilica gives you a sense of how small a part you are in God's great creation and yet gives you a sense of belonging as well.
  • A beautiful wooden building in the center of #Paramaribo. I think it makes for a good tourist attraction.
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  • A beautiful wooden church
  • Beautiful, you must see this when in paramaribo

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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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