Fort Zeelandia stands proudly on the shore of the Suriname River in the shade of centuries-old mahogany trees. This is where Paramaribo originated and the small trading colony founded here has grown into a vibrant capital with 290,000 inhabitants. A visit to the fort is not only an opportunity to learn more about Surinamese history but also to admire the views from the terrace of the museum café.
This is one of the few stone monuments in the mostly wooden historic centre of Paramaribo. And it is precisely those characteristic red bricks among the exotic vegetation and palm trees on the riverbank that lend Fort Zeelandia its unique charm. The star-shaped fort has 3 bastions and various buildings that frame a small courtyard. The outside walls are surrounded by white wooden houses with large verandas, built in the 19th century to accommodate the officers of the Dutch colonial army.