Suomenlinna Church (Suomenlinnan Kirkko), Helsinki

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The Suomenlinna Church in Finland was built as an Eastern Orthodox garrison church for the Russian troops of Suomenlinna sea fortress in 1854, and originally had five onion domes. The church was designed by Konstantin Thon, an official architect of Imperial Russia during the reign of czar Nicholas I, and whose major works include the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Grand Kremlin Palace, and the Kremlin Armoury in Moscow.The fortress comprises five islands joined together by bridges, and the church is the central feature on the island of Iso Mustasaari surrounded on all sides by fortification works. Before the design and construction of the Orthodox church plans were drawn up in the 1820s by architect Carl Ludwig Engel for a church on the same site, but designed in the neoclassical style, in keeping with the rest of buildings in the fortress and the buildings of the capital, Helsinki. The Orthodox church was converted into an Evangelical Lutheran church during the 1920s. Its extensive iconography was warehoused by the city of Helsinki, but their current whereabouts are unknown. Today its central dome doubles as a lighthouse making it one of only a few churches in the world that double as a lighthouse. The signal blink is the Morse code for the letter "H" for Helsinki. It is a very popular wedding church and one of the first landmarks for people arriving in Helsinki by sea.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Rather uninteresting but if you are on Soumenlinna then you are highly likely to visit. Its interiors are almost always empty and quite simple.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Very nice, simple Lutheran church. It can charm you with its majesty from outside and at the same time with the modesty inside. Worth stopping by if you have a trip to Suomenlinna.  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Cheapest way to get there ferry from market square €5.00 round trip 12 hr time literally you can be in the island for 3,5,6,7 + hrs no more than 12 hrs. Literally you can pick a spot in the Island and...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    The entire island is neat, but the church and its location are quite amazing. It really stands out in this location. What a great place.
  • June 6, 2017
    Really different "fence" around this small island church.
  • March 16, 2017
    Lovely church that is also the lighthouse of Suomenlinna island
  • August 4, 2016
    Nice small church, if you have time worhty a visit.
  • July 29, 2016
    Very interesting concept, a church and a light house !

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