"Kaartinkaupunki - the city hall" Helsingin Kaupunki (City Hall) Tip by call_me_rhia


Kaartinkaupunki is Helsinki?s City Hall, a neoclassical building on Market Square which was not born to be a city hall at all, but rather as a posh hotel. Like the Lutheran cathedral and Senate square, the city hall is a work by the German Carl Ludwig Engel.

The original name was Hotel Seurahuone and was very modern for its time: it had business premises on the 1st floor, a banqueting room on the 2nd floor and gambling rooms. Rooms for guests were not many ? only 27... but then again the hotel had been built (admittedly) for entertaining purposes). That was the place to go and listen to the first Finnish opera or see a film by the Lumière Brothers.

The Seurahuone stopped being a hotel in 1913 and became the new City Hall, with a brief stint as hospital for Russian naval personnel during WWI. The City Council meets here on alternate Wednesdays and the regular tourist can watch meetings from the gallery. Reservations can be made at 310 36146.

Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13
Directions: on market square
othercontact: fax 655 783
Phone: 310 1641
Website: http://www.hel2.fi/kkansl/english/cityhall.htm

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2010
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