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Harpa Illuminated for Brussels

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Harpa Illuminated for Brussels

Harpa

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Some of Europe’s most iconic buildings and monuments were last night illuminated in the colors of the Belgian flag, following yesterday morning’s deadly terrorist attacks on Brussels.

Reykjavík’s Harpa concert hall, with its programmable light display façade, was among them and will remain bathed in the colors of Belgium for the next several nights, Vísir reports.

Harpa joins the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate and the Trevi Fountain among other monuments lit up in solidarity.

“We began on all the technical work today and although there’s not a lot we can do, Harpa is a world famous building, so of course we take part in showing solidarity against such barbaric acts,” the director of Harpa, Halldór Guðmundsson, said.

A similar act of solidarity was arranged last November: following the terrorist attacks on Paris, Harpa was illuminated with the colors of the French flag, along with many other buildings and monuments around the world.

At least 31 people died in yesterday’s attacks on Brussels airport and metro system, and over 230 people are injured. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks and police have been looking all over Belgium, and further afield, for a man thought to be one of the attackers. Early reports now suggest that authorities have succeeded in arresting Najim Laachraoui.

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