Thursday, July 31, 2014

Philatelic Photograph: Parliament Building - Helsinki, Finland

Parliament Building
Helsinki, Finland

GPS: N60° 10.360;  E024° 56.038

Short Description: 

The Finnish Parliament Building is located at Mannerheimintie 30, 00100 Helsinki, Finland.

Long Description:

The Eduskunta is the 200 member unicameral parliament of Finland. It meets at the Parliament House in Helsinki.

In 1923, a competition selected the present site, hillside on Mannerheimintie, for the new Finnish Parliament House. In 1924 a design competition for the building was won by the architectural firm of Borg–Sirén–Åberg. Johan Sigfrid Sirén was select to design the building.

The four story Neo-Classical Parliament Building was constructed between 1926 and 1931 and opened on March 7, 1931. The exterior is made of red granite. The most striking feature of the façade is a colonnade of fourteen columns each topped with a Corinthian capital. A flight of steps the length of the colonnade leads up to the main lobby on the first floor. Above the colonnade is a series of circular windows.

The stamp was issued by Finland in 1963 as part of a set of twenty-two definitive stamps depicting sites in Finland.

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