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Carl Ludvig Engel, the Czar’s architect, laid out Senate Square almost like a military parade ground with a Greco-Roman feel. On the far left, the yellow Senate building is now the prime minister’s office. Its identical twin — the University of Helsinki (not visible in this photo) — sits directly opposite. Just to the right of the Senate building is a little blue building with a dark slanted roof. It’s one of only two buildings in Helsinki to survive from the era when Finland was a Swedish holding. Today it’s the City Museum, but it gives you an idea of the diminutive scale of the village prior to the Russian takeover.

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