The yellow-and-beige Presidential Palace stands right next to the Market Square. Its interiors are familiar to all Finns, thanks to the annual Independence Day celebrations held there. The Presidential Palace used to be a privately owned house, designed by Pehr Granstedt in 1818. The building became property of the state in 1837; in 1843, C.L. Engel, responsible for designing most of the city centre, made some alterations to the building, which then became the Finnish residence of the Czar. When Finland became independent, the building became the President's official residence. Nowadays the President has a new official residence, Mäntyniemi, but the Palace is still used often for state functions. The building is the site of important conferences and dinners, and the annual Independence Day ball. Tour Expert arranges guided tours of the building.
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