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  Panorama Tour in the Centre of Helsinki

Ritarihuone Park

The House of Nobility and its little park grace the top end of Aleksanterinkatu in the Kruununhaka district of town. The present unicameral Finnish Parliament was preceded by a four-Estate Diet. The brick building (1862) displaying Gothic influence was built as a meeting place for the Noble Estate, the Finnish noble families having consolidated their ranks according to Sweden's example in 1818. From 1863 onwards the House was also used by the three non-noble Estates - the Clergy, Burghers and Peasants - until they moved into a house of their own, the House of Estates, in 1890. The Diet was replaced by a unicameral Parliament in 1906.

On the walls of the Ritarihuone banqueting hall are the coats-of-arms of 358 noble Finnish families, some 150 of which still have living representatives. The House of Nobility is still occupied by the knights and nobles of Finland. Parts of it have been rented out to the National Board of Antiquities and the banqueting hall is hired out for concerts and exhibitions.

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 1. Erottaja Street
2. Esplanade Park
3. Finlandia Hall / National Museum of Finland
4. Botanical Garden University of Helsinki
5. Market Square
6. Three Blacksmiths Square
7. Bus Station / Lasipalatsi Film and Media Centre
8. Mannerheim Square / Paasikivi Square
9. Pitkäsilta Bridge / Kaisaniemi Bay
10. North Quay / Liisanpuistikko Park
11. Porthania
12. Presidential Palace
13. Railway Square
14. Ritarihuone Park
15. Senate Square
16. Snellman Square
17. Töölö Bay Art Garden
18. Views from the Cathedral Tower: the 2000's
19. Views from the Cathedral Tower: the 1860's