PURP: recharging the historic town
...to preserve our heritage
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) Kipstenenstraat, d) Helligenweg, e) the Suriname River bank along the Waterfront, f) Fort
Zeelandia and surroundings.
PURP: Paramaribo Urban Rehabilitation Program
The Paramaribo Urban Rehabilitation Program (PURP) is a program that has been set up to contribute to the socio-economic revitalization of the historic center of Paramaribo and the preservation of its built heritage, including the strengthening of the management body and the development of a Tourism Plan.