HDR in Helsinki: Keisarinnankivi


Keisarinnankivi is the oldest monument in Helsinki. It lies at Kauppatori market square in front of the Embassy of Sweden. On top of the obelisk there is a globe and a double-headed eagle which is a symbol of Russian Federation. Wikipedia tells (in Finnish) that it was actually made in 1835 for Alexandra Feodorovna, the Empress consort of Russia. There are also Latin and Finnish text on the obelisk. They tell about the meaning of the monument. When the monument was erected it was unusual to use Finnish language in such manner: it only become official language after 50 years of unveiling the Keisarinnankivi monument.

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