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                             Helsinki, Finland                  

                                                

    Finland was a province of Sweden from 1362 to 1807 and of Russia from 1807 to independence in 1917. It was founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden.

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    This monument is made of hollow metal tubing that creates sounds as the wind travels through them. It was completed in 1967 by the sculptor Eila Hiltunen. Purest simply wanted a bust of the Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Perversely, it imitates the one instrument, the organ, that the composer never used.

Between you and me, it looks like something from out of a Star Trek episode...                                                                                                                                                 

Train in the foreground has just arrived from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.   All aboard!   

 

Pedestrian-only side streets

Temppeliaukio Church

(The church within Rock)

      Temppeliaukio Church is a Lutheran church in the Töölö neighborhood of Helsinki. The church was designed by architects and brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, and opened in 1969.

     

The City Market 

Check out the fountain! 

 

                       St. Nicholas' Church                              

     Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedraland the seat of the Diocese of Helsinki, located in the centre of Helsinki. The church was built as a tribute to the Grand Duke  Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia and until the independence of Finland in 1917 t was called St. Nicholas' Church.

 

     The statue of Tsar Alexander II in front of the Cathedral on a wet afternoon. He was beloved by the Finns because he had let them be themselves.

 11 years later...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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