Monday 14 November 2016

Historic Inner City of Paramaribo

Paramaribo is the capital and the largest city of Suriname. It is known for the wooden houses

This postcard was sent by Cheryll

Paramaribo is a former Dutch colonial town dating from the 17th and 18th centuries planted on the Northeastern coast of tropical South America. Composed of mainly wooden buildings, the plain and symmetrical architectural style illustrating the gradual fusion of Dutch and other European architectural and later North American influences as well as elements from Creole culture, reflects the multi-cultural society of Suriname. - in:

Mosque Keizerstraat and Neveh Shalom Synagogue
This postcard was sent by Marcel

The Mosque Keizerstraat is the headquarters of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam in Paramaribo in Suriname, “Surinaamse Islamitische Vereniging” (SIV).
The Muslim community of Paramaribo was established in 1929. Its first mosque, a wooden rectangular building with minarets, was completed in 1932. The current mosque was completed in 1984. - in: wikipedia

The Neveh Shalom Synagogue is the only synagogue of the Ashkenazi community in Suriname.
The lot on Keizerstraat 82 was acquired in 1716 by Sephardi Jews. The original building was completed in 1723 and replaced the first Surinamese synagogue in the Jodensavanne, originally built of wood between 1665-1671 (but already rebuilt with bricks). The synagogue was sold to the Ashkenazim in 1735, and the Sephardim formed a separate community known as Sedek Ve Shalom. The two communities have since merged, and hold services in alternating buildings and alternating rites.
The current synagogue on the Keizerstraat 82 lot, designed by architect J.F. Halfhide, was completed in 1842 or 1843. - in: wikipedia

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