recharging the historic town

…to preserve our heritage   

recharging the historic town

…to preserve our heritage   

URBAN ARCHITECTURE
Paramaribo has a rich collection of urban architecture that reflects the combination of European styles of the 18th and 19th centuries, integrated with the craftsmanship of the Africans and later Asians who contributed to this architecture. Official public architecture would have been designed and constructed according to the formal architectural principles of strict Palladian classicism then fashionable in Europe.

The Historic City Center of Paramaribo is located in the District of Paramaribo, situated on the left bank of the Suriname River, approximately 23 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. The Paramaribo District covers an area of around 183 km2, but the Historical City Center has an area of only 48ha (Core Zone) and adding the current Buffer Zones, around 159ha. The Core Zone is enclosed by: a) Sommelsdijckse Kreek, b) Tourtonnelaan, c) Klipstenenstraat, d) Heiligenweg, e) the Suriname River bank along the Waterfront, f) Fort Zeelandia and surroundings.

On April 2, 2017, the Republic of Suriname and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) signed a loan agreement of twenty million US Dollars (US$20 million) to finance the “Paramaribo Urban Rehabilitation Program” (PURP) to contribute to the socio-economic revitalization of Paramaribo’s historic city center. This Program is implemented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, in particular the Directorate Culture.

The objective of the Paramaribo Urban Rehabilitation Program (PURP) is to contribute to the socio-economic revitalization of Paramaribo’s historic center or in other words, to bring back life to the historic center of Paramaribo.

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heritage in maintenance

The Paramaribo Urban Rehabilitation Program (PURP) 

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heritage in maintenance

The Paramaribo Urban Rehabilitation Program (PURP)