The House of the Estates is a historical building in Helsinki, Finland. It is located opposite of the Bank of Finland building, immediately northeast of Helsinki Cathedral. From 1891, when it was built, it housed the three commoner estates of the four estates of the realm of Finland ; there is a separate House of Nobility. The estates were superseded at the 1906 parliamentary reform by the foundation of the unicameral parliament of Finland. The parliament settled elsewhere, leaving Säätytalo for secondary usage.
Today the House of the Estates houses sporadic governmental meetings. It is also the established location for official coalition talks after general elections and for the sessions of High Court of Impeachment. In addition, the house is used by scientific and scholarly organizations for meetings. The building is owned by the Republic of Finland through Senate Properties.
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Built for the three estates, bourgeoisie, pesants and clergy the palace was designed by architect Gustaf Nyström in 1890. After the democratic parliamentary reform in 1906 the building soon became... more »
Beautiful building called the House of The Estates with gorgeous and ornate facades on the building. Worth the look. more »
Maybe the most beautiful building in Finland. 5/5
The building is one of the more decorative sort in the city, and there are a couple of others surrounding it as well. It has kind of lost the glow now that I walk past it almost every day, but when you really stop to look at it you can't help but wonder why no one builds like this anymore. A good place to shoot a couple of photos.
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