This is another illustration about the parliament house in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is situated in Austurvöllur square. It’s garden is the oldest public garden in Iceland. The building itself has built between 1880 and 1881.
An important person who has beeen in involved in this work after it was built was Tryggvi Gunnarsson a bank and parliament director.
Althingi, a series of legislative meetings, was founded by the Vikings in 930 AD at Thingvellir. These meeting sessions included community leaders, the Godar, who would pass or approve legislations. This was a great social event in Iceland, and crownds would gather.
Today, there are 63 members who are voted by the public and they are no more called Godar, but the People of the Parliament instead. These members are still passing legislations and the role of Althingi has changed in different ways and also it’s place, that is now held in Reykjavik.
To mark the millennium of settlement in Iceland in 1874 a parliament building was needed. This was designed by a danish designer Ferdinand Meldahl.
It’s outer part is dressed in hewn Icelandic stone while the inner parts are plastered. On some of the four windows that are not included here due to stylistic simplicity of this illustration, are depicted a giant, a great bird, a bull and a dragon.
Two more additional annexes have been added relatively more recently, one in 1908 and another on in 2002.
This illustration is of course not realistic and the building is remade in a playful style, with beautiful colours, just focusing on the main characteristics of this building, instead of making it a realistic representation. It looks like this would be another great destination of course visiting the interesting town of Reykjavik and this type of buildings. This is an interesting site apart from the most recognisable ones that are also very important landmarks of Iceland.
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