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|This photo was taken in Senate Square in Helsinki. It was taken from the steps of the White Cathedral. According to Wikipedia "A statue of Emperor Alexander II is located in the center of the square. The statue, erected in 1894, was built to commemorate his re-establishment the Diet of Finland in 1863, as well as his initiation of several reforms that increased Finland's autonomy from Russia. The statue comprises Alexander on a pedestal surrounded by figures representing the law, culture and the peasants.|
During the Russification of Finland from 1899 onwards, the statue became a symbol of quiet resistance, with people of Helsinki protesting to the decrees of Nicholas II leaving flowers at the foot of the statue of his grandfather, then known in Finland as "the good czar".
After Finland's independence in 1917, demands were made regarding the removal of the statue, and later, a suggestion was made that it should be replaced with the equestrian statue of Mannerheim (currently located along Mannerheimintie, near Eduskuntatalo). Nothing came of either of these suggestions, and today the statue is one of the major tourist landmarks on the city, standing as a monument to Finland's relationship with Imperial Russia."
Editing: This photograph had a lot in it originally. I wanted to put more focus on the Alexander II statue and also give it a wide angle appearence. I also converted the photo to B&W.
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- [2008-11-19 3:01]
A nice wide angle view of the square and very interesting Note. History is always a factor of influence in the shape of things to a city.
It would be nice if the 2 lamp posts at each side can be cloned out, although it can be a difficult task to do.