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“If you like histoy”
Review of Jodensavanne

Ranked #11 of 51 things to do in Paramaribo
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Paramaribo, Suriname
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“If you like histoy”
Reviewed January 24, 2012

Jodensavanne, as the name says it, was where many Jews lived back in the colonial times. It's interesting to see the graves of the Jews, and those who were of mixed heritage. The place still has the ruins of their synagogue back then. You go there by boat, if you want to see it go to a local tour operator like the METS to book a tour.

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Antananarivo, Madagascar
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25 reviews
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

In the middle of the Savanna you find this moving place. It is strange to think that people were living there so long ago and when you think about the conditions of living at that time the only feeling that comes to you is respect. I love this place. When the view is free you can see the river below and the peace you feel there in the forest is cool. You`ll be able to distinguish the houses beetwen the trees and the creepers.

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Berkeley, California
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“Unexpected slice of Jewish history in the Western Hemisphere”
Reviewed April 13, 2010

Jodensavanne is a relic of Suriname's plantation past, the remnants of a semi-autonomous Jewish enclave from the mid-17th Century along the Suriname River, 50 km from Parimaribo.

Today's visitor will be most interested in what's left of a synagogue as well as numerous tombs. There is also a small "fountain of youth" spring with historical significance to local Amerindian communities. The synagogue is said to be the oldest in the western hemisphere. The area is managed and maintained by the Foundation for Jodensavanne in cooperation with the village of Redi Doti, a nearby Carib Amerindian village.

The typical route to Jodensavanne involves several hours by car from Parimaribo, a trip complicated by a collapsed bridge over the Suriname River. While ferry service is generally reliable, extended waits of up to 2 hours may be required in either direction. With the notable exception of the broken bridge, the road is in decent condition the entire way.

Entrance is SRD10 per person.

The grounds are well-kept but are not extensive. A 30-minute walk through gives the casual visitor adequate coverage of the available points of interest. As such, this can be a long drive for not much time at the destination. Those interested in spending additional time at Jodensavanne might wish to pack a picnic lunch and bring a swimsuit to dip in the river (ask your guide for advice about safety).

Take caution when following the steps down to the river - they can be hazardously slick.

Travelers with an interest in Jewish history will certainly want to include this stop in their Suriname itinerary - ensure that your tour operator supplies a guide with adequate knowledge of the area and the history here.

Note that it is possible to visit Jodensavanne by charter boat - quality time on the river culminating in a visit here could be a great daylong excursion.

My primary reason for being in Suriname was to explore the rainforests and learn about indigenous cultures (Amerindian, Saramaccan, etc). So, for my purposes, this wasn't a highlight stop. I can imagine for other types of travelers, it may be a more rewarding destination.

I'm listing this as "recommended" in light of the site's historical significance and overall good condition of the grounds. I suggest potential visitors carefully weigh their options and time limitations when considering visiting here, however.

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