Oulu City Hall

Oulu, Finland

The Oulu City Hall was completed in 1886 as a restaurant (“Seurahuone”). The neo-Renaissance building was designed by J. E. Stenberg. The city council moved to the house in 1921.

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Kirkkokatu 2A, Oulu, Finland
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Founded: 1886
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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www.ouka.fi

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Fennec Elisabeth (3 years ago)
Devant ce bâtiment, sur un arc de cercle, toute une farandole de personnes célèbrent le peuple finlandais. Ils ont des attitudes très naturelles et semblent venir du siècle passé. Faut il y voir l’idée que l’hôtel de ville doit être la maison du peuple ?
Marc Debus (3 years ago)
Beeindruckendes Bauwerk
Mika Kaikkonen (4 years ago)
Ruma ja tyhymiä siellä töissä
Your argue is invalid (5 years ago)
Oululaista "osaamista" ja Pohjoisen skandinavian pääkaupunki... *REPS*
Jani P (5 years ago)
Huonoja päätöksiä kaupungin "hyväksi".
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