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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. Before you head to Helsinki, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Helsinki travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Helsinki has to offer, including Senate Square.
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  • The senate square in Helsinki's city centre dominated by impressive buildings, one that stands out is the Lutheran Cathedral, one of Helsinki"s tourist spots.  more »
  • In the middle of the square stands the statue of the Helsinki Cathedral has been built behind it. So close to have a lot of shopping was very useful.
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  • This is probably a stop for every tourist that visits Helsinki. The square is impressive, very large, and very crowded with tourists. We only spent a few minutes there to get a couple of pictures. If ...  more »
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  • What a neat center of the city here. Helsinki was setting up for a celebration for their defense forces when we arrived, so there were military police everywhere. It felt a bit like an occupation to be honest, but once we learned what was happening, it made perfect sense. The Cathedral is gorgeous and the other surrounding buildings as well.
  • Popular place in the city center. Sometimes concerts, art, markets. A place to be on the New Years Eve
  • One of the main tourist attractions here in Helsinki. I got to admit, the church is quite beautiful.
  • Nothing special really. Instead, the alleys towards the market square offer more to see!
  • Lovely little square. The cathedral is an amazing building, especially with a nice sunset behind it.

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Set yourself up with easy access to many of Helsinki's most popular tourist sites by staying in the city's bustling and modern center. You'll find that the area is packed full of shops, restaurants, and bars, plus it's conveniently close to both the city's main train station and energetic waterfront. Though there's certainly a range of options when it comes to big-name hotel chains and upscale accommodation, prices are generally higher throughout most of the center, so consider staying at a hostel to cut down on costs. Hostels typically offer a solid location in or near the city center at a fraction of the cost of a big chain.
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