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Cultural sightseeing in Suriname. What to visit - museums, temples, castles and palaces

Paramaribo Although Suriname doesn't have as many attractions as other countries, there is definitely something to see here. In Paramaribo, you will find Het Koto Museum whose exhibits introduce visitors to the culture of the country, providing a closer look at its history. It is a small cozy house with rooms filled with bright mannequins. The museum tells the history of Suriname through household items and a variety of traditional clothes of peoples inhabiting the country. Some outfits are sewn in the middle of the 19th century and preserved in good condition. The museum is open on weekdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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The small Numismatic Museum in the capital would be of interest to coin collectors. Art connoisseurs must visit Ready Tex Art Gallery presenting works by famous local artists. Nearby is a large shop with a great selection of souvenirs ranging from magnets and postcards to paintings and figurines. Lalla Rookh Museum is dedicated to the history and culture of people from India who worked on plantations under contract. Thanks to many photographic and video materials, visitors witness the struggle of workers for their future.
In Commewijne District, there is Museum Bakkie, an interesting place with its own character. In the 18th century, there was a coffee plantation. Its old building has collected no less old books, maps, letters, tools, shackles, utensils and other artifacts testifying to the once-flourishing slavery and the slaves' struggle for life, rights, and freedom. In addition to an informative and fascinating tour of the museum held by its owners, visitors can book a tour of the surrounding area, including walking and boat excursions, lunch of local dishes, as well as a walk in a garden. Copyright
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One of the most popular attractions in Paramaribo is the 17th century Fort Zeelandia standing on the river and reminding of the military past of the city. Over the centuries of its existence, the French-built fort was repeatedly rebuilt by the British and the Dutch. From the middle of the 20th century, political prisoners were held and tortured in this place. Inside the building, there is a library and the Suriname Museum opened in the 40's of the last century, which keeps archaeological finds, antique furniture, paintings, engravings, documents, and many other interesting exhibits.
Court house 50 kilometers from the capital is Jodensavanne or "Jewish Savannah". It is the ruins of a large abandoned settlement that was inhabited by Jews who had fled from the persecution of the Spanish Inquisition from the beginning of the 17th to the beginning of the 19th century. In the 18th century, there was a terrible fire that claimed many lives. Now, this is the ruins of the oldest American synagogues and a jungle-grown cemetery with almost five hundred graves. The sad history of Jodensavanne and its people makes us think about both human cruelty and hope and lust for life.
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The 19th-century Neve Shalom Synagogue in Paramaribo was built on the site of an early 16th-century wooden synagogue. Its two-story white building is impressive with its interior, the light design of which raises the spirit of believers and other visitors. The magnificent Holy Ark artfully carved out of dark wood and huge ancient chandeliers give a small hall solemnity. The synagogue is open for all comers. Nearby is the majestic Mosque Keizerstraat fabulously both outside and inside. The closeness of a mosque and a synagogue looks like a symbol of tolerance and coexistence in a country where many cultures have mixed together.
The 18th century Dutch Reformed church in the heart of Paramaribo is a place where liberated slaves came with prayers of thanks. Inside, tombstones of the late 17th century were used for the floor decoration in some places. The building's architecture is quite modest, but those who get inside do not want to leave this place: a stunningly beautiful colonial-style interior, quietness, and calm atmosphere pacify and bring serenity. The church is open only in the morning until 11:00 am.
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