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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  • August 17, 2017
    Very imposing above the square all entire slightly seedy without frescoes just a beautiful organ
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  • August 17, 2017
    It's a beautiful structure especially if you're there on a sunny day. We arrived there when it was completely overcast but the clouds were partly gone and the sun started shining. It's white colour lo...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Perhaps if I hadn't walked inside the rate would've been highier. From the outside it looks so nice and you can't wait to walk inside but then you realize that there's nothing to see. A bit disappoint...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • May 15, 2017
    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.
  • June 4, 2017
    Church to see in Senate Square. Worth a visit. Interesting organ and statue of Martin Luther in Church.
  • April 26, 2017
    A beautiful Lutheran cathedral, simply decorated. Stunning against a blue sky. Centres the panorama from the harbour
  • June 6, 2017
    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!

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