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Uspenskin Katedraali

Uspenksi Cathedral – Uspenskin Katedraali

What is Uspenski Cathedral?

Uspenski Cathedral is second of the two iconic Cathedrals that define the Helsinki skyline. The other one being the white, Helsinki Cathedral, facing each other just a few hundred meters apart. Uspenski is an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, dedicated to  Dormition of the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary). The location of the Cathedral is very pleasant. It sits on a hill in Katajanokka-district, overlooking at the sea and market square, giving visitors spectaculars views of the city and other historic buildings.

 

 

Uspenski Cathedral in a Nutshell

  • Consecrated 1868
  • Designed by Aleksey Gornostayev, who died before the cathedral was built
  • Commissioned by Emperor Alexander II
  • It took 9 years to build the cathedral
  • The dome rises to 33 meters height
  • Over 500 000 people visit the cathedral every year
  • Free entrance
  • Closed on mondays

How To Get To Uspenski Cathedral

Address: Pormestarinrinne 1, Helsinki
09 85 646 200

From downtown Helsinki:

  1. Located in Katajanokka, best way to reach it is by trams 4 and  5, that stops right by it. Stop: Tove Janssonin Puisto
  2. If you are nearby such as Kauppatori  or Helsinki Cathedral, it is just a short walk away
  3. Bus number 17  stops at Ritarihuone, short walk away
  4. Tram line 7 to Senaatintori, if you are coming from Kamppi or Länsisatama

What to do at Uspenski Cathedral

Inside the cathedral:

The Orthodox cathderal is full of icons and beauatiful paintings. Entrance is free, so take your time to take pictures and awe at history and culture of the Orthodox religion. There are service and masses everyday, so come join and see the orthodox way. Just outside the cathedral, there is also a chapel devoted for peace, which is worth visiting.

Outside the cathedral:

Get your camera ready to take some landscape photos. Uspenski cathedral is surrounded by sea in 3 sides and the side that is not sea, is downtown Helsinki and silhouette of the beautiful white Helsinki Cathedral. Take your time to walk around the seaside and maybe visit Kauppatori to enjoy some local delicacies.

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Helsinki Cathedral – Helsingin Tuomiokirkko

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.

-Visit Helsinki

"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."

- Helsinki Cathedral @ Wikipedia

Helsinki Cathedral @ Youtube

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?

Address: Unioninkatu 29, 00170 Helsinki

From Downtown Helsinki:

  1. Hop On Hop Off - Private Tourist Bus Operator
  2. Tram lines 2, 4, 5 and 7. Stay off at Senaatintori-stop
  3. 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.

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