The Bank of Finland, situated right behind the Cathedral, is one of the best known administrative buildings in Finland. This slightly pompous grey stone building designed by German architect Ludvig Bohnstedt was completed in 1882. An extension was made in the 1960s. The impression the Bank of Finland gives is mainly of power: the building oozes strength. Despite its relatively small size, the Bank of Finland's majestic and simple architecture makes it a truly impressive landmark. On the righthand side of the building, on Rauhankatu, is a small open courtyard with a fountain designed by Eila Hiltunen. Though not particularly romantic in style, the fountain brings an element of softness to the whole building. The small square in front of the Bank sports a statue of J. W. Snellman dating from 1923, sculpted by Emil Wikström.
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