Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo

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Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Fort Zeelandia was first built by the British and extended by the Dutch as a fortification on a prominent point on the Suriname river. It has mostly been a prison throughout the years, and even the...  more »
  • The fort was much smaller as expected. Several rooms did contain expositions with old utensils. The historic pharmac was very nice to see. The fort looks out over the river. There is a monument with.....  more »
  • The atmosphere and the lights at night, make the perfect place for that romantic moment that we sometimes look for. The delicious food and the excellent treatment make it one of my favorite places in all of Paramaribo.
  • A historically charged place, but other than that beautiful.

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