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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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  • I first visited Helsinki 14 years ago and this is the place that stuck in my mind I only visited the outside with friends but the Cathedral really stands out. It was a beautiful and crisp winters day ...  more »
  • Beautiful building in a beautiful square. Convenient located close to the water, the train station, and Main Street. Not a complete must see, but the building itself and those around it are very prett...  more »
  • Very impressive setting for this church. At the summit of Senat square overlooking Helsinki. Stunning setting and worth a visit if in Helsinki  more »
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  • The cathedral and square are a lovely location for photos and to admire the surrounding Finnish architecture. True to Lutheran/Protestant style, despite its size, the cathedral is hardly ornate compared to a comparative catholic equivalent. This emphasises the church as a place of worship and for each parishioner to make their own connection with the almighty. As one of the highest points in the city, it also provides a nice, sweeping view of the surrounds
  • Worth seeing the exterior. Not the fully austere Protestant church, but not elaborately baroque either. The exterior with its blue domes surmounted with gilded crosses, as well as its setting high above the square behind steep steps, tricks you into expecting something more elaborate. It is rather majestic, but not one of the great pieces of art of this world (or this city).
  • Quite a simple architecture and even simpler interior but really good in that style. It feels really smaller from the inside than from the outside!
  • One of the main point of attraction in Helsinki for visitors. The Helsinki Cathedral is 5 mins walk from the main Helsinki Center, Rautatientori. Visitors are also allowed inside the church during the available opening hour.
  • So many tourist busses that you couldn't get a clear shot of the church