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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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Sibelius Monument

Sibelius Monument – Sibelius Monumentti

What is Sibelius Monument?

In the Sibelius park is the world famous composer Jean Sibelius' (1865-1957) monument by Eila Hiltunen. It was unveiled 7 September 1967. The Sibelius Monument, resembling organ pipes, is made of welded steel with over 600 pipes and with the bust of the composer on one side. The monument is one of Helsinki's most popular statues and one of the most well-known tourist attractions.

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How To Get To Sibelius Monument?

Address: Sibeliuksen puisto/Sibelius Park

From Downtown Helsinki:

  1. Hop On Hop Off - Private Tourist Bus Operator
  2. Tram lines 2, 4 and 10.  Stay off at Töölön Halli-station and walk west 1 km until you reach the park. Route Map
  3. Bus route 24. Rajasaarentie-bus stop. Least walking.
  4. Bus routes 39, 41, 42 and 69 from Kamppi Bus Station. Stay off at Linnakoskenkatu-bus stop.
  5. Fastest and easiest way is with a bicycle. Take the yellow "Kaupunkipyörä" Citybike. Read more.

What to do at Sibelius Monument?

The monument itself is beautiful, take your time looking at the art and learn about the greatest composer of Finland. In the summer, there are fresh juice vendors, handicraft vendors and an ice cream stall open as well as a gift shop. 

It is a good idea to head west from the monument and walk along the seaside to admire Finnish nature. If you want to make a longer walk, you walk south along the seaside and get to Hietalahti Beach, good for swimming and sunbathing in the summer.

Toilets are available west of the monument, under the hill next to the ice cream stand.

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