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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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  • We visited Helsinki during Covid-19 restrictions and, looking at the photos posted on TripAdvisor, we experienced a very pared down and quiet Senate Square - no pop up eateries, no cafe society, no...  more »
  • Even if there is no any events going on this place is a must to visit at any season. The cathedral is a pearl of the square and normally its open for visitors.  more »
  • More than dozen known restaurants created kiosk type food adapted from their base restaurant. I tried a half dozen different several times, unfortunately the food quality detereited towards the end...  more »
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  • A must visit in Helsinki to get that photo! If you climb up the steps of the senate building, to will be rewarded with a view of the city and the sea. Nice square with not too many people when we were there.
  • A must go for aesthetic beauty lover. one of the best monumental architectures. This place has its very own taste type and flavour. This Senate square is well decorated. Services persons are very well mannered. And the place is well ventilated. Washroom is available and clean. Recommended. I went there before Christmas. It was calm and quiet. Wind of tranquillity was flowing. I felt refreshed. My wife was also with me. She was also very happy. Will go again only if I can manage time, money and will.
  • Very pretty central square in Helsinki that is popular among tourists & visitors. The area is occupied by important and beautiful architecture, historically important buildings and sights. It's good to have a walk on this square.
  • Amazing as usual!! Love the variety of local vendors and the beautiful atmosphere! It's cold so you should be well prepared for the weather!
  • Historical places where you can see the old structure building of the senate place,lots of history behind it. Surrounding by local shop,Mall and some branded shop. The Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture. The square is dominated by four buildings. statue of Alexander II stands in the middle of the Senate Square. Helsinki Cathedral is arguably Finland's most famous and photographed building.

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