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Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki

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A product of Russian expansionism in the region, Helsinki Cathedral was built by architect Carl Ludvig Engel as the pinnacle of the city's Senate Square. The cathedral was constructed between 1830 and 1852 in the neoclassical style as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. After Finland gained independence in 1917, it became a Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral. Take in views of the structure's distinctive green domes and white pillars and walk through the church to appreciate its Greek cross layout. Over 350,000 tourists visit this cathedral every year. To visit Helsinki Cathedral on your trip to Helsinki, use our Helsinki trip itinerary builder.
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Set yourself up with easy access to many of Helsinki's most popular tourist sites by staying in the city's bustling and modern center. You'll find that the area is packed full of shops, restaurants, and bars, plus it's conveniently close to both the city's main train station and energetic waterfront. Though there's certainly a range of options when it comes to big-name hotel chains and upscale accommodation, prices are generally higher throughout most of the center, so consider staying at a hostel to cut down on costs. Hostels typically offer a solid location in or near the city center at a fraction of the cost of a big chain.
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  • There is not much I can say but it is a very pretty building from outside and we really enjoyed the square and nearby markets.  more »
  • We entered Senate Square along Katarinankatu. And there right in front of us is this bright and white cathedral sitting on a small hill. The steps afford a superb view over the roofs to the South Harb...  more »
  • Nice Cathedral Good crypt in the basement Free admission Very well located Near so many places of interest which can be easily assessed by walking  more »
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  • Modelled on St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg it has featured in many films during the 70-80s when access to the Soviet Union was difficult for film crews. It is a neoclassical church with clear lines and minimal interior decoration. Regularly hosts concerts and other cultural events. Has a lovely view of the city.
  • An excellent place to visit while visiting Helsinki. The architecture is fantastic (although being simple) and pleases the eyes to watch. The location has a nice ambiance and has a lot of places to sit by (outside the cathedral) and enjoy the time.
  • Church to see in Senate Square. Worth a visit. Interesting organ and statue of Martin Luther in Church.
  • A beautiful Lutheran cathedral, simply decorated. Stunning against a blue sky. Centres the panorama from the harbour
  • Between this Cathedral and Uspenskin, it's difficult to pick which one was more amazing. We were not able to go inside the day we were there but the outside alone is quite stunning!