The Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral is one of the pearls of Paramaribo’s old city centre. From threshold to spire, the construction is entirely made of wood. This is one of the 2 largest wooden cathedrals in South America. Thanks to a recent renovation, the yellow and blue-grey painted façade looks just as bright as it used to be. Once you get inside a special experience awaits.
Not your eyes but your nose will register the first impressions of the slender Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral. Upon entry you will be greeted by the wonderful spicy musky scent of cedar. When the cathedral was built between 1883 and 1885, there were no brick factories in clay-rich Suriname. However, the jungle provided an abundance of wood. This has given the church not only a distinctive smell, but also a remarkably warm ambiance and acoustics.