Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, Paramaribo

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Visit the largest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere at Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, recently upgraded to the status of a basilica. Built in 1885 and restored in 2010, the imposing wooden building features a peaceful interior, made completely of Surinamese cedar wood. Inside, you can view the grave of missionary priest Peter Donders, three different-sized bells in the tower, and intricate decorations and designs in the woodwork. Using our international travel planner, Paramaribo attractions like Saint Peter and Paul Basilica can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We visited Paramaribo for several days in 2012 and were not able to access the interior of this beautiful wooden basilica from 1883. Today, we can see its 144' towers from our stay at the Downtown...  more »
  • The Cathedral jn Paramaribo is an airy and dare I say unique edifice. Inside and outside it is all made out of gorgeously preserved wood. For sure the Church has been doing a great paint job over the....  more »
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  • Wonderful experience! You can do a self guided tour or seek out one of the volunteers. Santos was exceptional in telling use the history and showing us some things that were not on the self guided tour. The building is nearly all white marble so it was a bit chilly inside. So many nationalities are represented here. The enormity of it all makes one feel quite small and humble. NO admission charge; come explore and pray in quiet solitude. Extraordinary!
  • What can I say? This church is magnificent. Grand and appropriate. A beautiful representation of the Catholic faith. One of my closest friends recently was married there as well. Once you walk through those doors, you will feel the presence of the holy spirit. Whether you believe in God or not, the architecture and craftsmanship will leave you at awe.

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