What is Helsinki Cathedral
The most iconic attraction in Helsinki. This cathedral defines the Helsinki Skyline and is the star of all postcards. Very easily accessible and free to enter, it is a must-see for all visitors to Helsinki. Finish off by seeing the statues in Senate Square just below the cathedral and have a snack sitting on the high stairs leading to the attraction.
"A distinctive landmark in the Helsinki cityscape, with its tall, green dome surrounded by four smaller domes, the building is in the neoclassical style. It was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel as the climax of his Senate Square layout: it is surrounded by other, smaller buildings designed by him. The church's plan is a Greek cross (a square centre and four equilateral arms), symmetrical in each of the four cardinal directions, with each arm's façade featuring a colonnade and pediment. Engel originally intended to place a further row of columns on the western end to mark the main entrance opposite the eastern altar, but this was never built."
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Helsinki Cathedral in a Nutshell
- Completed 1852
- Seats 1300 people
- 62 meters high
- Designed by Carl Ludvig Engel
- 500 000 visitors in a year
How To Get To Helsinki Cathedral?
From Downtown Helsinki:
- Hop On Hop Off - Private Tourist Bus Operator
- Tram lines 2, 4, 5 and 7. Stay off at Senaatintori-stop
- Walk from city center. It is 15 minutes walk from Kamppi and 10 minutes walk from the Centrail Railway Station
What to do at Helsinki Cathedral?
Get your cameras out and start shooting! The wide senate's square just below the cathedral makes it a perfect spot to take some beautiful sightseeing photos. Get your family on the stairs just before the cathedral and have yourself a new social media profile picture. The cathedral is being used as a church and such its main purpose is to hold religious events. If you're lucky during a weekend, you might catch a Finnish couple getting married!
Popular as a picnic spot or a quick break location to gather one's thoughts, the chairs offer a beautiful view of the surrounding are and the skyline that defines Helsinki. Sit a for a while, listen to the sounds of the sea and seagulls and take a walk around the cathedral, admiring its architechture.