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Riksdag, Stockholm

Riksdag, Stockholm

Stockholm Riksdag

Swedish Riksdag and aeroplane – a blast from the past:-

Riksdag + plane, Stockholm

Between the Riksdag and the water is this statue of what I can only call a disporting gent. I have no idea who it is, or why. (Googling wasn’t much help):-

statue, Stockholm, Sweden

adisporting gent , statue, Stockholm, Sweden

This lion statue was on the parapet of the bridge in front of the Riksdag. Stockholm Palace is over the bridge:-

Lion Statue, Stockholm

Gateway on other side of Riskdag:-

Riksdag gateway, Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm really is a beautiful city – helped by all that water it is built on and over.

The coach from the ship dropped us off near the Riksdag (see previous post) and opposite the Opera House:-

Opera House, Stockholm

We first went for a wander towards the more commercial area but managed to find a park. It had a statue of Linnaeus:-

Linnaeus

On the way in we’d passed a great looking building that I thought we would never find on our own as the coach had seemed to go a long way past it. However on going further we looped around and there it was, the Drama Theatre:-

Drama Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden

I couldn’t get far enough back to get the whole frontage in so this had to do:-

Frontage. Drama Theatre, Stockholm

Such ornate lampposts though:-

Lamppost outside Drama Theatre, Stockholm

This turned out not to be too far from where the caoch had stopped! A couple of minutes walk. This garden area was nearby and you can look across to the Royal Palace beyond:-

Stockholm Gardens, Royal Palace

More Art Nouveau in Helsinki

Art Nouveau Building, Helsinki

More Art Nouveau, Helsinki

Art Nouveau Street:-

Art Nouveau Street, Helsinki

Not Art Nouveau, but a nice twin-spired church:-

A Helsinki Church

More Art Deco, Helsinki

Yellow building photographed from coach stop. South Korean embassy/consulate to left here:-

Art Deco Building Helsinki

Espressso House. Shot as coach passed by on the way back to the ship:-

Art Deco/Moderne Building, Helsinki

More Art Deco Style, Helsinki

Deco detail on building, Maranello Women. (A hairdresser’s?) Snatched as coach passed by:-

More Art Deco, Helsinki

Senate Square, Helsinki

There is some impressive architecture in Senate Square, Helsinki.

University building on corner with Unioninkatu and Alesanterinkatu:-

Art Nouveau Architecture, Helsinki

Unioninkatu frontage:-

Building, Senate Square, Helsinki

Senate Square is dominated by Helsinki Cathedral:-

Cathedral, Helsinki

Cathedral, Helsinki

Helsinki Cathedral from Senate Square

Lamppost by statue of Alexander II:-

Lamppost, Senate Square, Helsinki

Art Nouveau Buildings, Helsinki

These buildings flanked Esplanadi:-

Helsinki, Art Nouveau Building

Ground floor detail:-

Detail Art Nouveau Building, Helsinki

Upper floors:-

Art Nouveau Style, Helsinki

Upper Floors, Art Nouveau Building, Helsinki

A bit further along:-

Art Nouveau Building, Helsinki

I can’t remember which street this was on:-

Helsinki, Art Nouveau

On the corner of Bulevardi and Errotajankatu is the rather pleasing Rake:

Rake, Helsinki

Eateries, Esplanadi, Helsinki

A quirky little kiosk, labelled 1893, Kesamokki. Kesamokki means Summer House:-

A Kiosk In Esplanadi, Helsinki

A restaurant:-

A Restaurant Esplanadi, Helsinki

We looked at the menu. Pricy. Also one of the dishes featured carrot foam. What?

This rather differently styled building seemed to be part of the same establishment:-

Esplanadi, Helsinki, Restaurant

Art Deco, Esplanadi, Helsinki

Esplanadi is a small green area in the middle of Helsinki city centre. It had some Art Deco.

Espan Lava. (I have no idea what that means.) The building certainly has horizontals and verticals, though:-

Art Deco/Moderne, Helsinki Ciy Centre

An Art Deco Kiosk, Helsinki. What seems to be the Canadian Embassy is over the road:-

An Art Deco Kiosk, Helsinki

Close-up from reverse:-

Helsinki, Art Deco Kiosk Close-up

Teatern, Helsinki. Art Deco style. Horizontals, verticals, flag pole. I assumed Teatern meant Theatre. It does:-

Teatern, Helsinki

Stockman, a shop a bit up from Esplanadi, has elements of At Deco but probably post-dates it:-

Stockman, Helsinki

Helsinki Central Railway Station (ii)

We continued to walk through this (see previous post) until we came out the main entrance.

Booking Hall wall and clock:-

Helsinki Central Railway Station

Booking Hall:-

Booking Hall, Helsinki Central Railway Station

Lighting, Helsinki Central Railway Station Booking Hall

Mural and Clock:-

Mural and Clock, Helsinki Central Railway Station

Reverse view of interior semi-circular window:-

Interior Window Wall, Helsinki Central Railway Station

Canopy above main entrance:-

Main Entrance Canopy, Helsinki Central Railway Station

Figures by main entrance. (These are mirrored on the other flank of the doors):-

Figures, Helsinki Central Railway Station

Clock Tower:-

Clock Tower, Helsinki Central Railway Station

Main Entrance and facade. (A stitch of two photos):-

Main Entrance Helsinki Central Railway Station

Helsinki Central Railway Station (i)

My first glimpse of Helsinki Central Railway Station was from a distance. I had seen this clock tower on the way to the Sibelius Monument and thought, that looks deco, so resolved to photograph it on the way back:-

Helsinki Railway Station Clock Tower

We wandered closer to investigate and discovered the building it served is the Central Railway Station. I suppose technically it’s not Deco as it was designed and built before 1920. It has elements of Art Nouveau tipping over into Deco though. The building is a masterpiece.

This is only its side entrance:-

Helsinki Railway Station Side Entrance

Close-up on arched window. Note also canopy and doors:-

Arched Window, Helsinki Railway Station

The interior was stunnning. This, arched ceiling, clock, interior partition windows is the least of it. The light fitting is a bit modern, though:-

Hallway Helsinki Railway Station

Great decoration below arched ceiling:-

Helsinki Railway Station Interior

Looking towards main entrance. Rule of three in partition windows. Great decoration on pillars and surround:-

Interior Helsinki Railway Station

Concourse:-

Concourse Helsinki Railway Station

Arched window from inside:-

Arched Window, Helsinki Railway Station

This arched partition window is wonderful:-

Wonderful Arched Partition Window,Helsinki Railway Station

Hallway:-

Interior Hallway, Helsinki Railway Station

Detail:-

Interior Detail, Helsinki Railway Station

Another arched window:-

Another arched window, Helsinki Railway Station

There’s more of this to come!

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