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Stadthuys

This terracotta red building is close to the river and is the earliest existing Dutch building in the East. It was built between 1640 and 1660 on the ruins of an earlier Portuguese fort. Stadthuys was originally the official residence of the Dutch Governor and officers and subsequently used by other foreign governing officials.  It is a good example of Dutch colonial architecture with its thick walls, louvered windows and sturdy doors held with ironwork.