Biggest cigar box in South America

Entire interior made with unpainted cedar wood.

Detail, details, detail… Photography is all about detail. How tempting it is to capture the biggest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere full on. I mean, how could I not take that frontal approach when taking a stroll through Suriname’s capital, and finding myself face to face with Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral’s massive Roman looks in yellow and grey?

To try something completely different, I walk to the far side and take a shot mixing two contradicting architectural styles, which I kind of like. A big improvement to the frontal approaches I tried earlier, but still not quite the image I hoped for.

So I amble inside and look for details. That is when I notice the carving inside the arch above the entrance to the baptistery. The filtered light bouncing off the floor makes the wall glowing with warm, caramel-fudge colors.

I need only a few takes to get my perfect shot. And it feels good to be recognised when this image wins a first prize on Trazzler’s Weekly Worldwide contest.

Somehow I keep thinking of cigars. I don’t know why, but I do. When I start smelling something particular it hits me: the entire interior of the cathedral is carpentered with unpainted cedar wood, which gives it the distinctive fragance of cigar boxes.

Adventurous greetings,


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  1. David Mendelson
    September 20, 2012


    This is a wonderful photograph of a place I have been to twice. This church is a unique example of Dutch Colonial architecture adapted to local conditions in tropical South America.
    It is of personal significance to me because this is the place my grandmother was baptized – she was from Suriname.


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