Saturday, July 2, 2016

Reykjavik, Iceland - Stjórnarráðið

This nifty building right in the middle of things in downtown Reykjavik originally was a prison. The prime minister lived right across the street, so he saw it every time he went out the front door.

After a while, the PM thought this was too nice of a building for criminals. So a switch was made, and the prime minister made it his own home. I'll let you try to pronounce the name of it.

The sculpture is of Hannes Hafstein, a native of Iceland who was appointed to Denmark's Cabinet in 1904. Since Iceland didn't become a country of its own for 38 years from then, this was a big deal. That's why he is on stamps and bank notes.

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