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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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  • It is the central square in Helsinki from the institutional point of view. Here is the Lutheran Cathedral, the University, the statue of Czar Alexander and official buildings.
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  • We spend some time in this square . It's architecture is excellent and memorable. It is a major tourist attraction.  more »
  • I enjoyed a lot spending 2 hours in the square, on a very sunny and clear day. From the top of the stairs in front of the Cathedral, the view to the sea is splendid, as well as the whole environment, ...  more »
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  • Wonderful and beautiful place, right in the heart of Helsinki. The square around with beautiful historical building where you can find small shops and restaurants. Also the Helsinki Cathedral and statue of Alexander II. Today, the Senate Square is one of the main tourist attraction of Helsinki. Various art happening has been set up on the Senate Square.
  • Area is really nice looking and one of the places you have to see when you visit Helsinki. Good restaurants in close proximity. The restaurants can be pretty expensive tho so be prepared!
  • My wife and I were here for Easter and got to watch the Via Crucis (way of the cross) dramatization. Incredible! The Cathedral has a very impressive organ, beautifully adorned. Easy to get to by tram or short walk fro the central station or even closer to the street market at the harbour. The little church of the Holy Trinity is behind the Cathedral, but it was closed when we were there.
  • The Senate Square and its surroundings make up the oldest part of central Helsinki. Landmarks and famous buildings surrounding the square are the Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, main building of the University of Helsinki, and Sederholm House, the oldest building of central Helsinki.
  • Big square with nice statue in middle. Next to big white church and big wide stairs leading to them. Lot's of tourists at summer time. Place itself is nothing special but I guess it's one of those places, if you are a tourist, you are supposed to see in Helsinki.

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