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Architecture in Helsinki II by timeisatraveller Architecture in Helsinki II by timeisatraveller
THE BUILDING
This photo is of the interior of the National Library of Finland (previously the Helsinki University Library), located in the city centre of Helsinki, on the corner of Senaatintori.

The library book collection started in 1640, with only 20 books, but grew rapidly through donations and deposits. However in 1827, a year before the university moved from Turku to Helsinki, nearly the entire collection was destroyed in a fire, and had to be started over. Today the library collection consists of over 2,9 million books, in addition to electronic, and other material.

The oldest item in the library is a papurys collection from the 3rd century Before the Common Era, and the oldest complete book is from the year 1467.

The main library building was designed by the architect Carl Ludvig Engel, and was built in 1840-45. The building is one of the best known examples of the late 19th century Empire style in Finland and an important example of European official library buildings of its time. This photo is from the heart of the library, the Cupola Hall.

Source: nationallibrary.fi
Thanks to *Purelily for "BCE"!


THE SERIES
I've only recently fully opened my eyes to the amazing architecture I'm surrounded by in my new hometown, and I'll be posting a series of photographs showing some of its beauty. This is my way of getting to know this city and its history better, and who knows.. maybe you'll find it interesting as well ;)

:bulletblue: Architecture in Helsinki I -Kiasma, the museum of Modern Art
:bulletblue: Architecture in Helsinki II -The National Library of Finland
:bulletblue: Architecture in Helsinki III -Apartment building: Hämeentie 14
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TwiceorThrice Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Beautiful.
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Argent12 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Artist
That is beautiful.Love to visit it one day.What a massive space.
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rizubaba Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
nice
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dpsd00000 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
wow groovy..
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MarcWeiz Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Featured here: [link]
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artdmitry Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional
I like the photo, especially the ceiling part. By the way, I like the Library too (I've visited it. Among other things it keeps the world's most complete collection of the Russian books published between 1860s and 1917).
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photocrafter Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you for sharing the info on this. A beautiful photograph you took.
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timeisatraveller Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Thank you :thanks: I love learning the history of these buildings as I photograph them, and it's great if others find it interesting as well!
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Frankenteddy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Wooah!
COOL!
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jahagreen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
architechture in helsinki, right on! ;)
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timeisatraveller Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
:thumbsup:
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thepalantir Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Impressive architecture, further emphasized by the objective that you have. The photo looks great even with the not so nice frame and font that you chose.
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tenetsi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
Ehdottomasti eräitä hienoimpia rakennuksia Helsingissä ja silmät aukenevat ainakin kun sitä katselee noin sisältä päin. Monet eivät tiedä, mistä jäävät paitsi kun eivät ole vierailleet tuolla.
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timeisatraveller Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Totta.. oon itsekin asunut täällä useemman vuoden eikä ennen ollut tullut käytyä täällä. Todella upea rakennus!
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mrmonkey1980 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Wow. Immediately I can tell you're someone to aspire too. The composition is just perfect, appealing to the part of my mind that likes order :) How long have you been in photography?
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timeisatraveller Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
Thanks so much :aww:

Well, I got my first camera when I was 2.. but more seriously for a few years now. :)
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mauricioestrella Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Just saw this on my devwatch! :D Its amazing!
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timeisatraveller Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Thanks so much! :hug:
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TupiNikim Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
amazing shot! :D
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Coka-Rola-Geek Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Whoa! :eyepopping:
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PinkPetunia Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Library! *swoon*

Great photo!
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trellistar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect framing!
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Neverender78 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
That's so cool, I want to see it...
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timeisatraveller Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Yeah..
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greykonos Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Another stunning photo!

The roof reminds me of the shells of diatoms, with all their pretty patterns.
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creeks Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
gorgeous colors, and positioning !i like it!:)
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XxXBiancaXxX Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
I'm really amazed that a library can be like this beautiful :|
It's wonderful architecture captured on a great photo :)
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timeisatraveller Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
Me too, it was only very recently that I found this place.. and I was just :wow:

Thanks a lot! :hug:
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XxXBiancaXxX Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Haha yea, I can imagine that :D

You're welcome :)
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Traspae Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
I'm going to live in Helsinki for 6 months... I'll be there on 31 july!

I want to go in every place you're showing in this architectural selection!

I love this serie... keep it up!
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timeisatraveller Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
That's great.. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos from Helsinki! :D

There's so much fantastic architecture here.. This library especially, I've basically been living there since I discovered it!
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