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Sjúkrahús Hvítabandsins (White Ribbon Hospital) - Reykjavik, Iceland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 64° 08.588 W 021° 55.706
27W E 454822 N 7113293
Quick Description: The Sjúkrahús Hvítabandsins (English: White Ribbon Hospital) opened in 1934 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Today, it's still used for medical purposes as an outpatient psychiatric clinic for people with eating disorders.
Location: Iceland
Date Posted: 8/8/2015 12:52:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMPCCD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
Views: 1

Long Description:
The historical marker includes text in both English and Icelandic. The English text reads:

The White Ribbon women's charitable organisation was founded on April 1th 1895. The charity's building here at Skólavörðustígur 37, designed by master builder Arinbjörn Þorkelsson, was officially opened on February 18th 1934. It was intended to serve as a convalescent home for women after they were discharged from hospital, but due to a shortage of medical facilities in Reykjavík it was converted into a hospital. In 1943 it was presented to the city of Reykjavík together with all its fixtures, fittings and contents. The Hvítabandið hospital was the first general hospital operated by the city authorities.

A poem by Gísli Ólafsson, composed when the house was built, includes the following lines:

"See here what the united work of deft hands may achieve --
The sun-rays of love awaken a noble heart;
Go together, sisters, both in word and spirit;
With your rays of warmth decorate the darkness of the winter night."
Group that erected the marker: Reykjavík City Museum

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Skólavörðustígur 37
Reykjavik, Iceland

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