Thursday, July 9, 2015

Helsinki, Finland: Helsinki Central

This looks quite a bit like the Buffalo train station. Maybe Helsinki's model had some influence, since this one was finished in 1919 and Buffalo's went up in 1929.

The difference is that Helsinki's is still open for business. About 200,000 pass through every day, and they have a chance to take in the views offered by one of the world's prettiest train stations (BBC, 2013).

One fun aspect of this picture - but you'll have to click on it to blow it up. There are two figures, holding white balls, in the middle of the building as shown. I guess they have become rather iconic in Finland's culture, popping up in parody pictures in various places over the years.

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