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Saatytalo, Helsinki

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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 The estates were superseded at the 1906 parliamentary reform by the foundation of the unicameral parliament of Finland.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 too...  more »
  • On Snellmaninkatu Street, just opposite the monument of Johan Snellman and the building of the Bank of Finland is another, very pretty building-the House of Estates (Säätytalo). The composition of the Finnish Parliament on the rights of the Chambers consisted of nobility, clergy, bourgeoisie and peasantry. The nobles had their own meetinghouse, and this building was built for the three remaining estates in the year 1891 by Gustav Nistrøm's project. The décor of the Renaissance-style building is made according to the sketches of the artist Salome Vuorio. On the pediment you can see the bas-relief of Emil Wickström, who depicts the National Assembly (Sejm) in the year 1809. The central figure here-the emperor Alexander I, who signed the manifesto of the state Ustrojstvefinljandii. This document gave the National Assembly broad powers of self-government, but the real autonomy of Finland was granted by Emperor Alexander II 50 years later.
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  • 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.
  • The House of Estates, built between 1888 and 1890. A very beautiful, decorated building in the city centre of Helsinki, near the Senate Square. The designer was Architect Karl Gustav Nyström. This Neo-Renaissance building serves as a venue for meetings and official functions held by the Prime Minister's Office and other offices of the central government. The interior is renovated in 1988-1993 but the original stucco, marble and ornamental work in Renaissance and German Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) styles by ornamental painter Salomo Wuorio and his assistant C. Ehrling were cleaned and restored. The catering and in-house service is very polite and competent and the food is absolutely delicious. It is a great pleasure to be one of those who have had the chance to visit this place.
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