Explanation of Peter's SuriPics
Very often a picture can say more than a thousand words, but sometimes an explanation of what is
shown on a particular picture is required. The photographs on this site were taken during my holiday in Suriname in
March 2001. This page gives a (brief) description of each photograph. I went to many places and I've tried to
categorize the picture by the place they were taken. Most of them were taken in the Surinamese capital Paramaribo,
but some of them were taken in other places like Nieuw-Nickerie, Albina and Brownsberg. You can view each picture by
accessing the pictures overview or by clicking on the title of
the particular discription of a picture on this page.
The Square of independence (Onafhankelijkheidsplein) is the square in front of the former house of
the governor. Nowadays that house is the presidential palace. It's the white house on the right side of the picture.
The buildings on the left side of the picture are nice examples of historical houses with the Dutch influence. The
white house behind the tree in the middle of the picture is the house of the late Madame Susanna Du Plessis. One of
the best known stories of this cruel lady is that her husband silently fancied the breasts of one of their female
slaves. The name of this beautiful slave was Alida. When Madame Du Plessis discovered this, she had the breasts of
this young woman cut off and served them to her husband on a plate saying: "You liked Alida's breasts, huh? Well...
Here they are!". Unfortunately the house is not very visible on this picture.
Another story of Madama Susanna Du Plessis is that on a certain day she was on her way to her
estate. To get there she had to travel by making use of a rowing-boat that sailed across the Commewijne river. In the
boat there also was a female slave with her baby that cried a lot and could not stop crying. Madame Du Plessis that
she would make the baby stop crying and asked the slave to hand the baby over to her. She took the baby and kept it's
head under the water until the baby drowned. After that the inconsolable mother threw herself into the water and died
The Square of independence (Onafhankelijkheidsplein) is near the Suriname River. On the left side
of the picture is the Waterkant (Waterside). I am standing under a mango tree. These trees can be found everywhere in
the country. The ground is very veritable and because of that it's not a problem to find fruit in Suriname.
The Suriname River with the Suriname bridge. Its official name is the Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge.
The bridge across the Suriname River is very important for the Surinamese development. It's easier to go to the other
side of the river (Meerzorg). The district on the other side is called Commewijne will be developed. The Suriname
River was a large obstacle, because the river is very wide. The distance to the other side of the river is about 1000
metres. See also pictures 58 and 59.
This is a picture of the Zwartenhovenbrugstraat. This is one of the main streets in Paramaribo. As
you can see they drive on the left side of the road in Suriname. This is because when they started to build roads in
Suriname, the English owned Suriname. The building on the left was a cinema when I was a little boy. Nowadays it is
used as a church.
This is a picture of the Keizerstraat. The building on the left side is a Mosque. The building on
the right side is a Synagogue. These two buildings are next to each other and this doesn't cause any problems. Here
is the proof that Muslims and Jews can live next to each other.
The Wanicastraat. This one way street is another of the main roads in Paramaribo. Wanica is the
name of the area around Parmaribo. The district that is west and south of Pararibo includes this area and for that
reason it is called Wanica. A very important road is the Pad van Wanica. This road takes you from Paramaribo to
Zanderij where the airport is. After Indira Gandhi died this road was renamed after her to the Indira Gandhi weg.
The building on this picture is the St. Stephanusschool. It is a primary school. When I was a
little child I went to that school. The school is a Christian school and was founded in the 1940's and it is a good
thing to see that the school still is used.
I was a pupil at this school from 1980 until 1985. During those years it was very common that
every school day started with an appeal of all the pupils. The Surinamese flag was raised and everybody sang along
with the Surinamese anthem.
This house is a well known luxe hotel in Suriname. The Anton Dragtenweg is the road from the
center of Parmaribo to Leonsberg near the mouth of the Suriname River. Many houses on the Anton Dragtenweg have a
view on the river.
This is one of the beautiful houses on the Anton Dragtenweg. In the neighbourhood of that road
(Blauwgrond and even Rainville) one can find very beautiful villas.
This place is called Spanhoek. The street at the behind is the Heiligenweg. The building on the
left side is the main office of TeleSur, the Surinamese Telephone Company. In the middle you can see a traditional
Paranam and Suralco
I got the chance to get a tour in Paranam / Suralco. This company has bauxite mines and processes
the bauxite so that it can be exported to make aluminium out of it.
Paranam is a small town in the district of Para. The Martin Luther King road also known as the
"Highway" is the road that leeds from Paramaribo to Paranam. This used to be one of the most beautiful roads in
Suriname, but nowadays many parts of the road are distroyed. This really is a pity.
An office in Paramaribo. Since it is very warm in Suriname the offices open early and close at
half past one in the afternoon. The same goes for most of the shops. Some shops will open their doors from 4 PM until
8 or 9 PM again though.
Paramaribo part 2
This is the orphan home of the Arya de Waker institution. Children in this orphan home learn about
the Hindu religion and to take care of themselves. Many of them become volunteers as they become adults. A street
behind the building of the institute is named after this institution.
Next to the building of the orphan home is a Mandir. This Mandir is owned by the Arya the Waker
institution. Here we are on our way to visit the Mandir.
A Mandir is a place where Hindu people pray. Unfortunately I cannot tell you what the symbols on
this picture mean.
The Mandir is very beautiful. The construction is also beautiful to observe.
The upper hall in the Mandir is the main hall where the people pray.
From the Mandir you have a view on the Wanica straat and you can see a Mosque. Approximately 30%
of the Surinamese inhabitants are Muslims.
The several parts of the Mandir are so colorful. This makes the Arya de Waker Mandir very
The Arya de Waker Mandir was built using gifts. It took almost 20 years before it was finished in
2000. And the result is very beautiful to see.
The Arya de Waker Mandir can be found at the Wanica straat. This picture gives a good impression
of what the Mandir looks like, but it sure is worth seeing with your own eyes.
Traditional houses at the Kleine Combé near the Fort Zeelandia. These houses show the Dutch
This is another picture of the Square of Independence (Onafhankelijkheidsplein). The tower in the
middle is the tower of the former department of finance. In front of this department is a statue of Johan Adolf Pengel.
See also the pictures 1 and 2.
The Square of Independence with the Presidential Palace is in the middle. Before Suriname became a
Republic this was the governors house. It is near the most of the other governemental buildings.
This is a monument on the Square of Independance. Right of the monument (Outside the picture) is a
short street with the name "Abraham Crijnssenweg". Abraham Crijnssen is the Zeelander who conquested Suriname in
1667. Zeeland is a province in the Netherlands. On the background of the picture is the Presidental Palace.
Nowadays The Fort Zeelandia is a museum. If you want to visit the museum, you have to remind that
the museum is closed on mondays.
This is the building of the local government in Nickerie. The pictures 29 to 31 were taken in
Nieuw Nickerie. This is the capital of the district Nickerie in the West of Suriname. This district is known because
it is the place where the Surinamese rice is produced. If you drive through this district you will see countryside
area that looks similar to Dutch polders as can bee seen in the Netherlands.
This is the best known street of Nickerie, the Oost - West kanaal (East - West canal). This canal
divides the town in an East and a West Side. Any person that visits Nieuw Nickerie needs to have a picture of this
canal in his collection.
These are houses on near the Oost - West kanaal (East - West canal). You might get the impression
that Nieuw Nickerie is a very small town, but if you take the 'polders' also in account, Nieuw Nickerie is a town
with a reasonable size. The Corantijn polder is the polder between Nieuw Nickerie and the Corantijn River.
The river on this picture is the Corantijn River, which is the border between Suriname and Guyana.
Guyana is the country west of Suriname. It is possible to go to Guyana by ferry. The pier is in the middle of the
picture. The land on the other side of the river is Guyana.
The house behind me and my friend on this picture 33 is the customs house. If you want to make a
day-trip to visit Guyana it is only possible when you've got a multiple entry visa. So before you go to Suriname you
must make clear to the authorities in Suriname that you want to visit Guyana. Then and only then this is possible. I
don't know if Guyana requires extra authority papers to enter the country, but you probably will have to make extra
arrangements to visit the country.
Paramaribo part 3
This picture was taken while driving across the bridge across the Suriname River. It shows
Beekhuizen, a neighbourhood in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.
This picture also was taken while driving across the Wijdenbosch bridge. Even on this picture it
is noticable that the bridge is rather high. The view is nice though.
While driving across the Jules Wijdenbosch bridge you can see the small port of Paramaribo. All
products which are imported and exported are transported via this haven.
This is a view from the Suriname bridge on the Centre of Paramaribo. The brown thing in the water
of the Suriname river is a capsized boat with the name the Goslar. This boat has been in the Suriname river since the
Second World War. The Goslar was a German ship. During the war the Germans had plans to conquest Suriname to gain
access to the bauxite to make aluminum, that would be used for military airplanes. When the Germans sent the Goslar
to Suriname, somebody sabotaged the ship and opened a hatch of the ship. Because of that the boat capsized.
Marowijne - Albina and Galibi
This picture was taking while we were on a boat from Albina to Galibi. Albina is a small town in
the Marowijne district. Albina is on the Surinamese border with French Guiana. If you want to go to Galibi you have
to go by boat. The boat trip from Albina to Galibi lasts about 1.5 hrs.
The area of Albina and Galibi is very beautiful. Some parts of the woods are almost untouched. We
went to Galibi to see the turtles at night. I thought that we would see small turtles, but I was quite surprised that
the turtles were quite big. These turtles had longitudinal diameters of about 80 centimetres and the guide told us
that in July and August turtles of 2 metres visit that area to lay their eggs. This area is definitely worth a visit
and remember to stay at least one night to see the turtles. We were not allowed to take pictures of the turtles,
because the turtles are protected by law and that area is a reserve.
The people living in Galibi are American Indians, the original inhabitants of the American
continent. Indians can be found in several parts of Suriname. Their culture and habits are things worth learning
from. Another place worth visit to learn from the Indian people is Paloemeu. Besides that the nature in that area is
great. It is possible to make excursions to mountains in that area.
This picture was taken during a boat trip across the Marowijne River. The town you can see in the
distance on picture 30 is called St. Laurent du Maroni. This is a town in French Guiana. French Guiana is owned by
France and the official language spoken in that country is French. Maroni is the French word for Marowijne. The
Marowijne River is part of the east border of Suriname. East of Suriname is French Guiana. French Guiana is best
known for the fact that this country has a rocket base in a town called Courou.
This photograph was taken when we were almost back in Albina. St. Laurents is on the other side of
the river. It is possible to take a ferry from Albina to go to French Guiana. The Marowijne River is wide, just like
the Corantijn and the Suriname River. Another big river in Suriname is the Coppename River. Unfortunately these pages
don't include a picture of that river.
Albina is a little town founded by the German soldier August Kappler. He named the town after his
wife Alwina. The older local people also know the town as Kaplari. In the 1980's many people who lived in Paramaribo
spent their weekends in Albina. The area is nice and the beach of the Marowijne River is nice. It is a place where
you can relax easily. In the interior war that started in 1986 the greater part of this town was destroyed. This
really is a pity, but it is noticeable that efforts are made to rebuild the village.
Another town that was destroyed is Moengo (Mungo). This town is known because of the bauxite mines
in its area. The distance between Moengo and Albina is about 50 kilometres. On the road from Paramaribo to Albina is
a junction to this old town.
Commewijne - Stolkertsijver
Stolkertsijver is a little village on the road from Paramaribo to Albina. While travelling from
Paramaribo to Albina or vice versa this is an ideal place to rest. The parrot in picture 33 is just one of the many
beautiful birds you can find in Suriname.
This picture was also taken in the small village Stolkertsijver. The river you can see in this
picture Commewijne River. It is one of the smaller rivers in Suriname. This picture was taken on the way back from
Albina to Paramaribo.
The pictures 35 to 37 were taken at a place called Kraka. Kraka is in the southern part of the
district Para almost on the border with the district Brokopondo. The Brokopondo district is known because this is the
district of the Prof. Dr. Ir. Van Blommenstein Stuwmeer. This is a storage lake created in the 1960's.
The water is kept in the Prof. Dr. Ir. Van Blommenstein storage lake by a stuw. The stuw can be
found in a little village called Afobaka. The stuw is equipped with turbines and these are used to generate
electricity. The major part of this power is used by Suralco in Paranam and by the Surinamese capital Paramaribo. The
road on this picture leads to Afobaka.
The road on this picture is the same road as in picture 36, but in the direction of Paranam and
Paramaribo. As you can see by the big pylon in the picture there is an electricity line next to the road. This power
line is used to transport the electricity generated in Afobaka to Paranam (Suralco) and Paramaribo.
Brokopondo - Brownsberg
An area you should see definitely is Brownsberg (Browns mountain). The air is nice and clean. The
mountain is part of a nature reserve. You can visit several waterfalls on the mountain. This picture was taken on the
plateau, which is the central place on the top of the mountain. From that place you can follow several paths to
As you can see on this picture the view is great! It shows the Prof. Dr. Ir. Van Blommenstein (or
Afobaka) Store Lake. On a clear day you even can see Afobaka. This is the place where the turbines to generate
electricity are. Unfortunately the weather wasn't that great when this picture was taken, so you can't see Afobaka on
this picture. It would have appeared on the left side of the picture.
You may think that I am leaning on the fence, but that is not true. You should be careful, because
it's a long way down if you fall over it. The storage lake on the picture was created by man. The creation of this
lake was one of the biggest projects in Suriname during the 1960's. It was hard for the people who lived there,
because they had to move to different places. The most of the local inhabitants moved to a place called Brownsweg.
This little town was built especially for these persons.
The park is beautiful and every effort is made to keep it that way. In the left corner of the
picture you can see a sign written in Dutch. It says: "Keep the park clean". Unfortunately it is necessary to have a
sign like that in such a beautiful park. But I guess that anywhere people can be found that pollute the environment
This picture shows a map of the area, while you can see one of the sleeping houses on the plateau.
Picture 44 shows the view on the southern part of the mountain. The trees of which you can see the tops on the
pictures are very high. On the right side of the picture you can see the Storage Lake.
The house on this picture is one of the sleeping accomodations for the guests of the park with a
view on the storage lake. The view is very nice: very high trees, mountains and of course lots of water.
This is the view on the southern part of the mountain. The trees of which you can see the tops on
the pictures are very high. On the right side of the picture you can see the Storage Lake.
This is the wood on the Plateau. These trees look like they are part of a park, but at a certain
point you notice that you are in a forest.
We saw monkeys in the trees at Brownsberg. Because the monkeys are at a high level in the tree and
because the monkeys move fast they are very hard to photograph. Unfortunately there is no picture of the monkeys
available on this site.
This picture was taking while walking through the Brownsberg area. There are a few creeks and
waterfalls in that area. Both pictures were taken during daytime, but because of the trees it is very dark below the
trees. The effect of the rays of the sunlight through the leaves as shown in the picture is also beautiful to see
with your own eyes.
This is the tree where the path to the Irene and Leo waterfall splits into two junctions. The turn
to the left will take you to the Leo waterfall and the other way to the Irene waterfall. Another thing you can see is
that some people don't have respect for the natural environment and write their name on a tree!
The trees in this area are very high. As you can see the bottom part of many of the trees is
bigger than I am. My length is about 5'11" or 1.80 metres.
It's a 75 minutes walk from the Brownsberg plateau to the Leo waterfall. When you arrive at the
waterfall you are descending from a hill and you see something similar as on this picture.
This shows the Irene Waterfall from a very close distance. This picture was taken while standing
on one of the rocks near the waterfall. The water falling from the waterfall looks nice. For the local people it is
drinkable, because they are adjusted to it. We were advised not to drink from the water, because our resistance might
not be able to cope with this water.
This picture shows the waterfall from a short distance. Just to make things clear: I don't know
the boy and the girl on this picture. They were just there sitting by when I took the picture.
I am sitting on one of the rocks of the Irene Waterfall. Because it had not been raining for weeks
there was not much water falling from the top side to the down site of the waterfall.
This photograph was taken while descending to the Leo waterfall. Unfortunately the waterfall is
not very visible on the picture. Another nice thing is the sound of the running water while descending the hill.
The Leo Waterfall is at a higher level than the Irene Waterfall. The water falling from the Leo
Waterfall floats through a creek to the Irene Waterfall.
This picture was taken after completing the trip to the waterfalls. I will remember my day at
Brownsberg as a very beautiful day.
The view across the storage lake is better in the afternoon hours than in the morning. My friend
is holding the fence on the picture, but he is not leaning on the fence.
This picture gives a survey of the monkeys in Suriname. "Japi japi foe Sranan" means: Monkeys of
The monkeys shown at the are from left to right and from the top to the bottom:
- red-handed tamarin, "saguwintje" (Saguinus midas midas)
- white-faced saki, "wanaku" (Pithecia pithecia)
- squirrel monkey, "monkimonki" (Saimiri sciureus)
- brown capuchin, "keskesi" (Cebus apella apella)
- bearded saki, "bisa" (Chiropotes satanas chiropotes)
- weeper capuchin, "bergi keskesi" (Cebus nigrivittatus)
- spider monkey, "kwata" (Ateles paniscus)
- red howler monkey, "babun" (Alouatta seniculus)
For more information about the monkeys I refer to the information provided by Stinasu, the
foundation for nature conservation in Suriname.
Paramaribo part 4
This picture was taken at the Heiligenweg. This part of the street is renamed to the Kodjo, Mentor
and Present Square. These three persons were slaves who escaped and tried to start a revolution to stop the slavery.
The text on the memorial tablet is Dutch (English translation is available)
Present, 20 jaar, geboren in Suriname
Kodjo, 30 jaar, geboren in Afrika
Mentor, 20 jaar, geboren in Suriname
Deze verzetsstrijders werden hier levend verbrand op 26 januari 1833
Onthuld d.d. 26 januari 2000 door:
De voorzitter Feydrasi, Afrikan Srananman Iwan R. Wijngaarde
De minister R.O., Y. Ravales - Resida
Voorzitter Naks, E. Baarn - Dijksteel
The translation of the this text is:
Present, 20 years old, born in Suriname
Kodjo, 30 years old, born in Africa
Mentor, 20 years old, born in Suriname
These resistance warriors were burnt while they still were alive at this spot on januari 26th,
Revealed d.d. Januari 26th, 2000 by:
The chairman of Feydrasi, African Surinamese Iwan R. Wijngaarde
The minister of R.O., Y. Ravales - Resida
The chairman of Naks, E. Baarn - Dijksteel
This spot is in the middle of the city near the Suriname River. So the oppressor punished them on
a place so that everyone could see this as an example of what would happen to you if you did something similar. Very
On this same square a statue of Mahatma Gandhi can be found. This obviously was an impressive man to the whole world but Suriname has
a bond with India and Gandhi since the ancestors of about 30% of Suriname's inhabitants are from India. After Indira
Gandhi was murdered in 1984 one of the most important roads in Suriname - The pad van Wanica (path of Wanica) which
leads from Paramaribo to the Johan Adolf Pengel airport at Zanderij - was named after her: The Indira Gandhi weg.
The Van 't Hogerhuysstraat is a very big street in the South Side of Paramaribo. This street leeds
to the Martin Luther King weg also known as the Highway. This road leeds to Paranam. The blue sign next to the street
looks very much a Dutch ANWB sign to give directions to the destinations Mungo (Moengo), Albina, Paranam and Zanderij
where the Johan Adolf Pengel airport is. As you can see they drive on the left side of the road in Suriname. That's
why the sign points to pass the roundabout leftwise.
If you drive on the road to the Jules Wijdenbosch bridge you notice that Suriname has invested a
lot of money to make everything around the bridge look nice.
Commewijne - Nieuw Amsterdam
Nieuw Amsterdam is a village near the Commewijne river in the Commewijne district. It obviously is
named after Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. In the colonial era this happened very often. New York used to
be called New Amsterdam and nowadays a town with the name New Amsterdam can be found in Guyana.
Commewijne used to be a district with many estates. There used to be a sugar factory where sugar
was produced from sugar-cane. One of the products of the estates.
The open-air museum in Nieuw Amsterdam has a collection of all kinds of machinery. These devices
remind of the old days, but sometimes it is not clear what the machinery was used for.
The open-air museum in Nieuw Amsterdam, Commewijne is interesting to visit. Even if you know the
history of Suriname it still is nice to see the left-overs to get an impression of how things were during the
Palm trees are always nice to see. The small trees below the palm tree are banana trees. Suriname
has several kinds of bananas. There are regular bananas, which you can eat immediatly and bananas which need to be
boiled first. There is even a subdevision in both kinds of bananas.
The canon on this picture is a left over of the early days of Suriname. It probably was used too
during those days.
The open-air museum is located at the spot where the former Fort Nieuw Amsterdam used to be. This
fort was used to defend Suriname and therefore canons can be found at the museum.
This is the place where the Suriname river (Coming from the left side of the picture) meets the
Commewijne river (Coming from the right side of picture). Together they flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the
flow of the water parts of the land were lost and the road also was damaged. That's why the road was redirected at
The Jules Wijdenbosch bridge has a nice effect in the twilight. Suriname is near the equator.
Paramaribo is on six degrees north latitude. Because of that the sun always goes down at approximately the same time
and the twilight is not that long. Within 20 minutes Suriname changes from bright light to very dark.
It was a beautiful evening when this picture was taken and the bridge combined with the sky around
it creates a nice effect. They say that a nice sunset promises a beautiful next day and in this case the saying
appeared to be true.
Short trip to Lelydorp, Wanica
This is a small house on the Van Hattemweg. This road is in the neighbourhood of Lelydorp.
Lelydorp is the capital of the district Wanica. This village used to be called Kofi-Djompo, but it was renamed after
the Dutch engineer Cornelis Lely, who was responsible for very impressive projects in the Netherlands. This engineer
was also a governor in Suriname from 1903 to 1905.
Back in Paramaribo
The bapt room of the St. Petrus & Paulus
Cathedral in Paramaribo can be found behind in the church in the right corner. The reason that in old churches the
bapt room is behind the church has to do with the old believe, that a person is born with the original sin and that the
only way a person can be cleared from that is by the bapt. The bapt is done in separate room to keep the sin away from
I was baptised in the St. Petrus & Paulus Cathedral in 1975. This baptismal font did already
exist in 1975, so this baptismal font was used when I was baptised.
The St. Petrus & Paulus Cathedral is the biggest wooden building in this part of South
America. As you can see almost everything was built from wood.
In the 1970's the Cathedral was renovated, but errors were made during renovation. Because of that
the construction is not very reliable and the Cathedral has to be renovated again. The Cathedral is listed on the
worlds list of monuments and a special fund is opened to pay for the costs of the renovation.
In many Roman Catholic Churches statues can be found. People might get the impressions that the
people in the church worship these statues, but that is not true. The statue has a similar meaning as keeping a
picture of a friend or loved one. This does not necissarily mean that you adore that person.
The view from the towers of the Cathedral is nice. On this picture you can see the north side of
Paramaribo. At the right top corner you can see a street. This street is called the Prins Hendrikstraat, named after
the husband of the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina.
The pictures 90 and 91 are pictures of houses in the newer parts of Paramaribo. Many people are
poor, but many other people can afford nice places to live. Sometimes this is so strange to notice, because many
houses are very impressive and you notice immediatly that wealthy people are living there, but as soon as your view
leaves their fence you see the poorness, because the street where the house resides is damaged.
The houses in the neighbourhoods Rosenberg and Bel-Air are quite expensive. The name Bel-Air
should say enough. Think of the famous neighbourhood Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California in the United States. The
Surinamese neighbourhood Bel-Air is behind the very known Johannes S. Mungra straat. Mr. Mungra was a very important
man for the Surinamese history and that is why an important street is named after him.
The President Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge seen from Paramaribo, Beekhuizen. The bridge is named after
the president who built it, but the "Suriname Bridge" would be a better name, because the bridge is built across the
Suriname River and it's the most important bridge of Suriname. The bridge was opened in May 2000.
The bridge across the Suriname River was built by the well-known Dutch company Ballast Nedam. Many
people see the bridge as a bad thing, because Suriname had to pay a very high price to have it built, but this should
be seen as an investment. Meerzorg is the small town on the other side of the river. This town will develop itself
much faster, because the distance with the capital Paramaribo has become much smaller. The ground on the other side
of the river has already increased in value and this development will continue.
This is a house in a neighbourhood called Tourtonne 3. People in that neighbourhood have quite
nice houses. This neighbourhood is not too far from the city. Two main roads will lead you to the city: the
Tourtonnelaan and the Wilhelminastraat named after the late Dutch Queen Wilhelmina.
This is a corner of the living room of the house on the previous picture. Many people in Suriname
have a television set, but most of the people spend their evenings outside, because the outsite temperature during
the evening is very pleasant.
Every house in Suriname has at least a small yard. Many people own a front yard and a back yard.
This is possible, because approximately 425,000 people live in a country with a surface area of 163,820 square
kilometres, which is 63,775 square miles. To give an impression: Suriname is five times the size of the Netherlands
and has a population that is a little bit more than half of the population of Amsterdam.
The street on the right side of this picture is the Coperinicusstraat. On the left side is the Jan
Steen straat, named after the famous Dutch painter Jan Havickszoon Steen who lived in the 17th century. The
neighbourhood where these streets can be found is approximately 20 years old.
Picture 64 shows a traditional house on the ground of 's Lands Hospitaal. The traditional house
shows the way houses were built and has many similarities with Old Dutch houses.
This is a picture of 's Lands Hospitaal. It is a hospital that can be found at the Graven straat.
It is one of the eldest hospitals Suriname has. I was born in that hospital in 1974. Nowadays the hospital still is
This is the top side of the Rosa Kerk. See also the description of the
The church on these pictures is called the
Rosa Kerk or Rosa Church. Since the Cathedral in Paramaribo cannot be used, this church is used as Cathedral for
now until the Cathedral will be renovated. When I was a little boy I received the Holy Communion for the first time in
this church. As you might know I am Roman Catholic. This church can be found at the Prinsenstraat.
This is the top side of the St. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral. The Cathedral was built from 1883 to
1885, because the first big church in Suriname was distroyed in a big fire in 1821 and the people wanted to have a
new church. The towers were added at a later stage at the beginning of the 20th century. It is possible to make an
excursion to the Cathedral. When I was there you could visit the Cathedral every monday, wednesday and friday at
10.00 AM. A very nice man tells about the history of the Cathedral and guides you through the church. You also are
allowed to climb the tower. The view across Paramaribo is worth seeing.
This picture shows the St. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral also know as the Cathedral, since it is the
only Cathedral in Suriname. This building was built using only wood. It's the largest wooden building in that part of
South America. I was baptised at this Cathedral in 1975. It can be found at the Gravenstraat, not far from the Square
of Independence and also in the neighbourhood of Kerkplein (Church Square).
This is the street that leads from the Gravenstraat to the Kerkplein. It is called the
Noorderkerkstraat. Next to the Cathedral is an impressive building, the Surinamese bank. Unfortunately no picture of
this building is available on this site. On the Kerkplein a statue of Simon Bolivar, a very important
man to the whole continent of South America, can be found.
The St. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral can be found at the Graven straat next to the Surinamese bank. The late Dutch missionary Petrus Donders also known as
Peerke Donders is buried in the Cathedral. This important man lived in the 19th century and worked in Batavia in the
interior of Suriname. He helped and treated leprous persons. When he died in 1887 he was buried at the local cemetery
at Batavia, Saramacca - Suriname. In 1900 his body was moved to the Cathedral. In 1982 pope John Paul II declared him
The domineestraat is one of the most important shopping streets in the centre of Paramaribo. On
the left side of the middle of the picture is the Krasnapolsky Hotel.
One of the most known parks in Paramaribo is called the Palmentuin, which means Palm Garden. This
name is given to the park because many palm trees are in the park.
This picture was taken at the Kleine Combé weg, near the Fort Zeelandia. The houses behind
the woods are traditional houses used during the time of the slavery. The owners of slaves and plantations used to
live in these houses.
This is the notorious Fort Zeelandia. It is notorious, because in the 19th century many cruelties
took place within this fort. It's used as a museum nowadays. The Fort is next to the Suriname River. The water on the
right side of picture 75 is the Suriname River. On the right side of the picture you also can see a statue of the
late Dutch Queen Wilhelmina looking at the Suriname River.
This Picture shows the statue of Queen Wilhelmina. Before Suriname became independent in 1975 the
statue was located on the square that nowadays is called the square of Independence, formerly the square of the
Governor. Nowadays a statue of Johan Adolf Pengel is placed at the spot where the statue of Queen Wilhelmina was
placed. Mr. Pengel died in 1970 and was a very important man to the Surinamese history.
A picture of the Waterkant. Waterkant stands for Waterside. It's the street aside the Suriname
River in the neighbourhood of the square of Independence. The Waterkant is the best known street of Suriname. The
Surinamese portal Waterkant Net is named
after this street.
Johan Adolf Pengel Airport - Zanderij
The departure hall of the Johan Adolf Pengel Airport also known as Zanderij Airport. The airport
is near a little town called Zanderij. At the background behind the window you can see the K.L.M. Boeing 747 airplane
that took me back to the Netherlands. While leaving Suriname I felt that Suriname is a part of me and that it will
never ever take 15 years again to visit Suriname.
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