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. Add Helsinki Cathedral to your Helsinki travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Helsinki trip maker.
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  • I was suprised that it is always open, it is very sober compared with other churches. From the top of the cathedral you can have magnificent view of the harbour... everything is close by.  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful! A definite must see when visiting Helsinki! I especially enjoyed taking some fabulous pictures of the cathedral from Senate Square! 😍⛪  more »
  • Any visitor to Helsinki should pop into the Cathedral, however do not expect an overly opulent church (frankly it is the outside architecture that is the most impressive): the inside is very...  more »
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  • Helsinki is such an beautiful city during Christmas time, I am a little saddened that we didn't get to spend more time than we had, but I tried to make the most of it, it was quite late at night when we saw this majestic piece of architecture with its incandescent flood lights. I would loved to have seen the interior so I can't say much about it, but judging from its outer appearance it must be something to behold.
  • The exterior of the cathedral was really nice. It was magnificent, beautiful, and overflowing with classic beauty. Mint and white, It's a beautiful color that comes to mind when you think of Finland. So I went in with anticipation, but I think the inside was a little bit impractical. I think it would have been grand enough to use a large dome in the middle as a room.
  • A very imposing building with a gigantic stairway up from the square in front. Great view over the inner city from the stairs as well. Once inside you can see the Nordic style interior with its "less is more" feel. Clean and bright design which looks perfectly in place here. An impressive building well worth seeing.
  • This Lutheran Cathedral is quite a contrast to the nearby Orthodox Cathedral. This imposing neoclassical building towers over the Senate Square below, and yet is surprisingly plain inside. Entry is free. It's warm and peaceful despite its location. There are regular organ recitals at midday on Wednesdays.
  • The cathedral was a fun spot to stop by while touring the city. It was absolutely beautiful with all its pillars. It sits at the top so you have a beautiful view overlooking the plaza. We only got to see it from the outside but it was worth it.

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