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Senate Square, Helsinki

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The Helsinki Cathedral, Government Palace, National Library of Finland, and main University of Helsinki building surround Senate Square and make up a collective vision of neoclassical design. This historical square boasts the architectural influence of Carl Ludvig Engel and is home to the oldest building in the city center, Sederholm House, built in 1757. Stroll the square to view these stately structures, stopping to take a seat on the cathedral's stairs and to examine the statue of Alexander II, a monument of Russian expansionism in Finland. The square hosts many events, including concerts and art exhibits. See Senate Square and all Helsinki has to offer by arranging your trip with our Helsinki travel route builder tool .
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  • If you are interested in history, Senate Square and the whole area around it give you a strong perception and understanding of the history of Finland and of its cultural heritage. The square is enormo...  more »
  • This is the main tourist site in Helsinki, have a go up the stairs and create the video for Darude's Sandstorm.  more »
  • Senate Square is the large, impressive public square directly in front of the Helsinki Cathedral. It's a great photo spot with the iconic cathedral as a backdrop. It's in close proximity to the waterf...  more »
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  • One of my very favourite churches in Finland. It's light and peaceful yet so grand. Sometimes when I feel like escaping the city fuzz, I go inside, sit down and just breathe. Crazy beautiful spot in the middle of the city of Helsinki. Highly recommend.
  • Senate Square at Helsinki is almost like the city center. The whole city almost converge into Senate Square. The most amazing place. Historic, bubbling with high energy. Great people very helpful and friendly.
  • tourist area. a great area to chill. tram stops just around the corner. learning your way around via tram route is important. have fun
  • At the heart of Helsinki, the place is a touristy must-visit. It has multiple restaurant options a short walk away, would recommend a visit. Also, a great place to get click some pictures, especially of in a group. The stairs should be perfect for that group photo
  • Must see place when visiting Helsinki. Nice view from top of the stairs. If You're like us and have a child with pram/stroller with You, go around the stairs from the left side and theirs a wide ramp to get to the top of the stairs.
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