Square in Paramaribo
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Surrounding the centrally located Onafhankelijkheidsplein (Independence Square) are the contrasting stately 18th-century Presidential Palace – open to the public November 25 only – and aging colonial government buildings. Behind the palace is the Palmentuin, a shady haven of tall royal palms where it's a pleasure to walk and escape the chaos of the city outside.