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Tour Philipsburg, Capital of Dutch St. Maarten

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The Courthouse
Tour Philipsburg, Capital of Dutch St. Maarten

Historic courthouse, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

© Bob Curley
Philipsburg, the capital city of Dutch St. Maarten, is just a few blocks wide but packed with interesting sights and shops, from jewelry stores and casinos to the historic Courthouse on Watney Square.

Built in 1793 as the home of Commander John Philips, the town's founder, the building has served as a fire station, jail and post office over its long history and is one of St. Maarten's most prominent landmarks. It's hard to get lost in Philipsburg -- there are only two main downtown streets between Great Bay and the Salt Pond -- but the Courthouse is a good place to start and end your walking tour of the town. If you're driving into town, there's a municipal parking lot a block away.

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