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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- Ella Derbyshire
- Explore score
- 0.09 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Aug 18, 2008
- Date taken
- Jul 16, 2008
From the overpass just beyond the Mannerheim Statue, I saw this busy vista.
On the left is Finland's Parliament House, which came into use in 1931. The Parliamant is a unicameral body of 200 members who are elected for two terms. Among its many tasks, the Parliament makes laws, sets the national budget, approves treaties and oversees the government of Finland.
On the right is the Museum of Contemporay Art Kiasma, which opened in May 1998. In addition to its art exhibits, it is a popular meeting place for the folks of Helsinki.
Between the Parliament building and the Museum are the remains of the VR Warehouses which were built from 1891 to the 1950's. They served as a cargo area for the Helsinki train station. Their role as warehouses ended by the 1980's, and they deteriorated with disuse, but they could be rented by for special events. Around 2000, the warehouses were the site of some heavy metal concerts and some unusual conventions. A major fire, with some controversy surrounding it, damaged hte buildings badly in 2006, and now this is the demolition site that you see here. The new Helsinki Music Centre may occupy this space in panoramas of the future.