Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Helsinki - City center - part II

Helsinki - Senate square
Senate square

The German architect Carl Ludvig Engel was appointed to rebuild Helsinki center in neoclassical style. His plans were centered around Senate Square, surrounded by Government Palace, University and the Cathedral (finished after his death). Due to Engels style, Helsinki was surnamed : The White City Of The North.

Helsinki - Next to the train station
Next to the train station

Helsinki - The Parliament
The Parliament

Helsinki - Majakkalaiva Relandersgrund
Majakkalaiva Relandersgrund

Another large architectonic influence was the Art Nouveau style, the most famous representative being the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen , famous especially for the Central Railway Station. Another famous Finnish architect was Alvar Aalto, one of the pioneers of functionalism in architecture. One if his main works was the concert venue, Finlandia Hall.

Helsinki - Kiasma, the contemporary art museum
Kiasma, the contemporary art museum

Helsinki - Eteläesplanadi boulevard
Eteläesplanadi boulevard

Helsinki - Havis Amanda fountain statue
Havis Amanda fountain

Helsinki - Tramway
Tramway in Helsinki

Helsinki - view through empty glasses
Helsinki, view through empty glasses

1 comment:

  1. The city looks spotlessly clean. Is it very walkable city? I'm wondering if 2 days is enough to get an idea what Helsinki is all about?