Helsinki. The national Bank and the House of the Estates
"Official part" was over on the Senate square, in front of 4 hours to explore the city.
The State Bank and monument of Johan Vilhelm Snellman (map), who played a key role in establishing the Finnish language as the state language of Finland and Finnish markka as Finland's national currency.
Pedestal damaged during the bombing of the city by Soviet aviation during the Winter war.
Opposite Bank is the House of Estates (Säätytalo). The building was built in 1891 as a place for meetings of the non-nobiliary estates, clergy, bourgeoisie and peasantry. The nobles gathered were going to the Knight's house. The house of the estates, as well as the national archives, presents the work of Gustav Nystrom, the author of many public buildings in Helsinki.
On the pediment is a relief of Emil Vigstrema, which depicts the Emperor Alexander I, during the diet of Porvoo (sovr. fin. Porvoo) in 1809.
After restoration, the building was awarded the prize “Europa Nostra” for 1993.
From House of the Estates I went down Kirkkokatu in the direction to Pohjoisranta waterfront.