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The Helsinki University Library is one of the best-known examples of early 19th century neoclassicism in Finland. Special emphasis was placed on fire safety. Engel prepared three proposals for the building and the tsar choose the most monumental of these. Engel distinctively combined classical motifs and references to antiquity in the building's exterior and interior. The symmetry of the library's rooms and the general layout can be traced back to the Baths of Diocletian in Rome. The external and internal architecture is based on the Corinthian column system. Ancient temple architecture was adapted in the exterior, and the columns and beams are proportioned exactly like those in the university's main building across the street.


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