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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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  • Apparently Helsinki residents refer to the top of the steps at the cathedral on Senate Square as "the cliff's edge". They are dizzyingly steep and might frighten off people with vertigo. Apart from th...  more »
  • Pleasant cobbled square in front of the cathedral. Had a display of painter sea lions when we visited in June 2017 all by different artists. Quite a buzz to the place  more »
  • This is a lovely square to walk through with a beautiful statue in the center and the gorgeous Lutheran Church looking down on it. There are some small shops in the streets surrounding it and the Espl...  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.
  • One of the main tourist attractions here in Helsinki. I got to admit, the church is quite beautiful.
  • Popular place in the city center. Sometimes concerts, art, markets. A place to be on the New Years Eve
  • Was here earlier on to join Free Walking tour group. Back at around 4ish pm to catch the airshow. Lovely place to sit in the summer sun in Helsinki.
  • Walkable from central station the senate square in Helsinki is the first attractions every visitor spends some time. Marvellous church!