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. Put Presidential Palace on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Paramaribo road trip tool.
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  • The Palace is an attractive colonial building perched on the spacious Independence Square. Formerly the residence of the Dutch governor of Suriname, it is now the work address of the president...  more »
  • nice location and a fantastic old building. a pity the president don't use this as his house and home during the presidency.  more »
  • The young nation celebrates its independence (since 1975) around the Independence square, surrounded by repurposed colonial buildings and enhanced by two statues of early enlightened leaders ... Pengel and Lachmon. The president and the first lady both have a palace here. This is all part of the gradually decaying historical centre of Paramaribo, a UNESCO world heritage site ... hopefully it will be possible to retain some of its splendor for future generations.
  • Very nice building but unfortunately not well maintained.

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