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Helsinki station | Finland | Europe

[Visited: June 2007 and several times before]

Helsinki's railway station is all what you could wish a railway station to be: it is centrally located, is still large enough to handle traffic, and it has a unique design which makes it a memorable sight. When it was decided that Helsinki needed a new railway station in the late 19th, early 20th century, a competition was organised which was eventually won by Eliel Saarinen. He travelled through Europe to study railway stations. It was not until 1919 that the station was finally inaugurated.

Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Main entrance of Helsinki Central railway station

The station is remarkable for its size, its style, the huge granite blocks from which it has been constructed, and also for the enormous statues in front of the station, which have actually been sculpted by Emil Wikström. Inside, there is the stream of passengers you would expect in any railway station of this size, and there is a huge wall painting in one of its restaurants depicting one of the many lakes in Finland.

Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Trains waiting for departure in Helsinki central station

Inevitably, the visitor who is in no hurry to catch a train, is drawn to the more than life-size statues of men holding lanterns (or, as some say, globes) in their hands. They somehow give a human touch to the otherwise functional building, and from close up, look very serious in carrying out their task of lighting up the entrance of the railway station. From a distance, they could also be taken as guards of the building.

Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Strong men sculpted at the main entrance of the central station
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Lanterns at the main entrance of Helsinki central station
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): View of lantern of Helsinki station from below
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Helsinki station seen from the side
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Carrying lanterns: enormous statues at the main entrance
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Taking care of light: serious statues carrying lanterns at Helsinki station
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Entrance of Helsinki railway station: statues, lanterns and facade
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Ceiling of Helsinki central station
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Interior of Helsinki station: lamps in the central hall
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Statues and clock tower defining Helsinki railway station
Picture of Helsinki station (Finland): Clock tower of Helsinki station

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