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Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki

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A product of Russian expansionism in the region, Helsinki Cathedral was built by architect Carl Ludvig Engel as the pinnacle of the city's Senate Square. The cathedral was constructed between 1830 and 1852 in the neoclassical style as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. After Finland gained independence in 1917, it became a Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral. Take in views of the structure's distinctive green domes and white pillars and walk through the church to appreciate its Greek cross layout. Over 350,000 tourists visit this cathedral every year. Add Helsinki Cathedral to your Helsinki travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Helsinki trip maker .
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  • The centrality of Helsinki or as earlier Russian Helsingfors. There is always crowded. The Cathedral of the Lutheran Church is located at Senado square, built in the year 1852. Nearby is a monument to Russian Emperor Alexander II, the autonomous rights of Finland and rasshirivshemu darovavshemu s Constitution in the year 1863.
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  • The Church is located in a privileged location, on the steps of the Church, it's nice to spend some days and definately. The Church inside was maybe a slight disappointment, but worth a visit though.
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  • Tram stops in front of Cathedral, you honestly can't miss it! There a re a few steps to climb but worth the exercise especially in winter as it is a mini warming up activity. The view is worth the cli...  more »
  • This is an amazing building from the outside. Unfortunately it was closed when we got there, so I couldn't see inside. But I enjoyed walking around the exterior and appreciating the architecture. There are several steps to get up to it (roughly 50 I'd guess) which are quite steep. But atop the steps you can look out over the city. Surely worth checking out if you're in Helsinki. Also check out the library next door. Free to go inside and look around at amazing architecture and beautifully displayed books.
  • Let's talk about this beauty!!! It is absolutely wonderful. Gorgeous! I loved all the architecture especially all the buildings on each side of it. Helsinki is one of the most beautiful cities I've visited. I loved the stairs and the size and the details.
  • I visited the Helsinki Cathedral on May 31, 2017, as one of the landing ports on our NCL Northern Europe cruise. Although the stay in Helsinki was just one day, the city was beautiful, quiet, clean, and the local people were decent. The Lutheran Helsinki Cathedral is grand, solemn, and put us a sense of worshiping God. Praise the LORD!
  • It is a very beautiful cathedral also known as white church, a must visit place in Helsinki. Loved it, very neat and clean walls and very beautiful from inside as well. Many people visit and don't go inside, no doubt that it is beautiful from outside an is at very good location, but I would suggest to go and see from inside as well and spend couple of minutes there, it's beautiful from inside too. Entry is free of cost so just give it a look.
  • It is really beautiful cathedral from outside As far as i remember it called also white cathedral very modern and very clean place so of you decide to go in you might be disappointed. Inside of cathedral not beautiful as much outside. Again it is worth to see it.
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