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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  • Really beautiful church outside and inside. I recommend exploring the history of the church and relaxing on the bench to look around. Here you will also find wonderful landscape photos on the stairs of the church.
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  • It was a square in front, and there were a lot of people taking a commemorative photo on the stairs. The inside was very simple.
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  • I really recommend you to visit the Helsinki Cathedral if you're in town.The church itself and the historical architecture is breathtaking. It's the perfect thing to photograph while in Helsinki. You ...  more »
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  • Very beautiful church from outside. Plain from inside but I guess that is by design. You can spot the church from anywhere near the Central area. We visited in on a sunny day and it looked picturesque. Inside was very quiet in spite of this being a tourist attraction. You can sit and reflect in peace at this place.
  • Such a beautiful and captivating old building with lots of character! I literally could have spent hours just mesmerised by this old church. Loved the intricate details inside of the church too.
  • From the outside it is impressive. It can be seen from far away, pointing to the heart of the city. From the square below the famous stairs climb up it to it and it's something no one should miss. In contrast, I found the inside rather dull and underwhelming. You should go in if it's open, just don't expect much.
  • The most easily recognisable tourist attraction in Helsinki. Very nice stairs to sit on and lots of stuff happening nearby. A good place to take some nice pictures of Helsinki.
  • Most popular destination in Helsinki..we come in cruise from Stockholm. Walking distance from the terminal and you get great views from the top. You can hang out here for around 1 hour.
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