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Saint Peter and Paul CathedralJodensavanne
Fort ZeelandiaPresidential Palace
Waterkant (Riverside Boulevard)Paramaribo Zoo
Palmtree Garden


Jodensavanna
The Jodensavanna is a 17th century autonomous Jewish settlement in Suriname. The Jewish immigrants started coming in to Suriname in the early periods of the 17th century, and gradually a settlement came into being. It is located in the Para district, at a distance of about 50 kilometers from the capital of Suriname, Paramaribo.

Jewish settlers started coming in to Suriname during the year 1639, from parts of Europe, mainly Portugal and the adjoining countries. They started to settled along the banks of the Suriname river. Further groups of Jewish people continued to come in to Suriname, and gradually a community started to take shape.

The Jewish community at Jodensavanna slowly became a close knit group. Workers from the Jodensavanna community worked in the nearby sugar cane plantations, and the settlement acquired internal autonomy, and the first wooden synagogue was built, to be followed by another some years later, built from imported brick.

The Jodensavanna settlement flourished for a time, and then members of the community started moving to Paramaribo. Gradually a sizable number of the Jewish community moved to Paramaribo, and although the settlement at Jodensavanna tried to survive, it was destroyed by a slave revolt in later years.

Jodensavanna is now a heritage site and one of tourist interest. The brick synagogue, a grand structure, is a good place to see. There is also a well maintained Jewish graveyard, which has a number of graves from the 17th century to the 19th century, which is a place worth visiting.

Nieuw Amsterdam
Nieuw Amsterdam, Suriname, is the capital city of the district of Commewijne district of Suriname. It is located in a coastal area, along the banks of the Suriname river, and very near to the capital city of Suriname, Paramaribo. The town is fairly populated, and has its origin rooted in the times of the Dutch colonization.

The Commewijne district, of which Nieuw Amsterdam is the capital, is one of the most populated districts in the whole of Suriname. It was the site of agriculture right from the times of Dutch colonization, in the 17th century. Agriculture was the main occupation and source of income, and the area had many of the plantations that the Dutch built in the area during their colonial rule. Nieuw Amsterdam is situated on the banks of the Suriname river, and its location is conducive to the flourishing of agriculture.

The city of Nieuw Amsterdam is fairly populated, with the population being representative of many different races and ethnic groups. Most of the inhabitants here are of Javanese origin, and there is also a fair amount of Hindustanis in the region.

Nieuw Amsterdam has various buildings which are specimens of colonial architecture. There are a number of small colonial forts, which were put to prolific use during the Dutch rule. There is also a large and spectacular fortress, which was built to make sure of the overall protection of the Commewijne region during the times of the second Anglo-Dutch War.

These make Nieuw Amsterdam an interesting place to visit.

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