Monday, August 4, 2014

FI-2134241, FI-2134724 & FI-2134474

Finnish official cards from Helsinki, Inkeroisten and Rauma. 

 Photo: Tommi Lappaleinen
FI-2134241, sent by Kaisa. 
The church on the card is the famous Uspenski Cathedral but the statue is not so famous. 
Havis Amanda is a nude female statue in Helsinki, Finland. It was sculpted by Ville Vallgren (1855-1940) in 1906 in Paris, but was not erected at its present location at the Market Square in Kaartinkaupunki until 1908.
Havis Amanda is one of Vallgren's Parisian Art Nouveau works. It is cast in bronze and the fountain it resides in is made of granite. She is a mermaid who stands on seaweed as she rises from the water, with four fish spouting water at her feet and surrounded by four sea lions. She is depicted leaning backwards as if to say goodbye to her element. Vallgren's intention was to symbolize the rebirth of Helsinki. The height of the statue is 194 centimetres and with the pedestal it stands 5 metres tall. According to Vallgren's letters the model for the statue was a then 19-year-old Parisian lady, Marcelle Delquini. - in: wikipedia

 Foto: Outi Heinonen
FI-2134724, sent by Tarja.
Inkeroisten Church was built in 1909-1910 in Art Nouveau style. It was designed by Birger Federley.

FI-2134474, sent by Katja.
The Old Town Hall building has been used by the museum since the beginning of the 20th century. It was built in 1776.
The Old Town Hall is mainly baroque-style, but the basic shape of the house, two storeys and a clock tower, was common already in medieval towns. In addition to Rauma, only Porvoo has an 18th century town hall in its original form.
The meeting hall of the town council, offices and archives were located upstairs, while the town jail and a shop were located downstairs.
At the moment The Old Town Hall displays objects related to the town history, shipping and lace making. Lace making demonstrations have also been a museum attraction for decades, although lace makers are not constantly present. - in:

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