Posted by: danielfee | November 5, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 11-06-2012

Senate Square – Helsinki, Finland

Senate Building – Helsinki, Finland

Czar Alexander II Statue – Helsinki, Finland

Senate Square in downtown Helsinki is the finest neo-classical square in Europe. The original buildings on the square were burned to the ground during 1808 Swedish-Russian fighting. After Finland became a grand duchy of the Russian empir, the czar sent German architect Carl Engel, who had lived and worked in St Petersburg, to Finland to give the place some neo-class style. The buildings are now utilized by the university. The statue at the center of the square honors the Russian Czar Alexander II. While he was so unpopular in Russia that he was assassinated, he was well liked by the Finns. That is because he gave Finland more autonomy in 1853 and never pushed the “Russification” of Finland.

 

 

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