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The House of Nobility

December 11, 2015

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a seminar the the House of Nobility in Helsinki. It is one of those fantastic buildings in Helsinki that is tucked in behind other buildings of more significance. It was a real pleasure to see this place, which is often used for seminars, dinners and public and private happenings.

The neo-gothic styled building was completed in 1862. It has 464 square metres of floor space and can seat up to 3o0 people for gala dinners.

What makes the interior unique are the 357 family coats of arms that adorn the walls of the main hall. Only three of those noble family names are Finnish! (The rest are decidedly Swedish and German.)

The fellow who works the door of the House of Nobility has held that position for the last 18 years. I asked if he had any additional information in English and handed me a pamphlet, he was rather embarrassed when I notice that he too was pictured in it.

See more on the House of Nobility website, it is a really neat place.

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