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Helsinki Cathedral

Stop at this beautiful Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral to admire its stunning architecture and see a magnificent collection of zinc sculptures.

Helsinki Cathedral is a striking church in the city’s historic center. This cathedral is an outstanding example of neoclassical-style architecture and features brilliant façades and impressive Corinthian pillars. Admire the grand exterior of Helsinki Cathedral and stop at a small souvenir shop in the bell tower.

Architect Carl Ludvig Engel and planner Johan Albrecht Ehrenström designed this magnificent church. The present structure was completed in the mid-19th century and dedicated to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, the Grand Duke of Finland. Notice the smaller buildings around Helsinki Cathedral, all constructed as part of Engel’s Senate Square.

The central dome was designed to allow natural light into the cathedral from many angles. This unique structure reaches about 260 feet (80 meters) above sea level and is one of the church’s most recognizable features. Notice the symmetrical plan of the church, visible in its four smaller domes and equal arms.

Observe the magnificent Twelve Apostles on the church’s roof, one of the largest collections of zinc sculptures in the world. These sculptures are about 10 feet (3 meters) tall and are located in the gables above the pillars. Other notable features of Helsinki Cathedral include an altarpiece and pulpit by Timeon Karl von Neff. The statues of Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon and the church’s austere style depict the shift from Catholicism during the Lutheran Reformation.

Walk to the large public plaza, Senate Square, next to Helsinki Cathedral. The square features many exceptional examples of neoclassical architecture. The main building of the University of Helsinki, the Government Palace and the National Library of Finland all border Senate Square.

Helsinki Cathedral is located in the neighborhood of Kruununhaka, in the heart of Helsinki. This popular attraction is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Helsinki Airport. It is open daily; however, the souvenir shop and church café are open only during the summer. Use the small parking lot in front of the cathedral’s main entrance.

Visit Helsinki Cathedral to admire one of the city’s most wonderful buildings and learn about the history of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.


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Hotel Kamp

Pohjoisesplanadi 29, Helsinki
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Kluuvi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stockmann, Ateneum Art Museum, and Senate Square. Presidential Palace and Uspenski Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Kauppatori Station and Mikonkatu Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki

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    Mikonkatu 23, Helsinki
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Kluuvi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Casino Helsinki and Stockmann. Helsinki Cathedral and Finlandia Hall are also within 15 minutes. Kaisaniemi Station and Mikonkatu Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Omena Hotel Yrjonkatu $56
      Omena Hotel Yrjonkatu

      Omena Hotel Yrjonkatu

      Yrjonkatu 30, Helsinki
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Omena Hotel Helsinki Lonnrotinkatu $54
        Omena Hotel Helsinki Lonnrotinkatu

        Omena Hotel Helsinki Lonnrotinkatu

        Lonnrotinkatu 13, Helsinki
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi $119
          GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi

          GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi

          Kluuvikatu 4, Helsinki
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Go Happy Home Apartment Mikonkatu 11 55 $118
            Go Happy Home Apartment Mikonkatu 11 55

            Go Happy Home Apartment Mikonkatu 11 55

            11 Mikonkatu, Helsinki
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Kluuvi, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ateneum Art Museum and Stockmann. Helsinki Cathedral and Finlandia Hall are also within 15 minutes. Mikonkatu Station is only a 2-minute walk and Kaisaniemi Station is 3 minutes.

              Go Happy Home Apartment Mikonkatu 11 35 $118
              Go Happy Home Apartment Mikonkatu 11 35

              Go Happy Home Apartment Mikonkatu 11 35

              11 Mikonkatu, Helsinki
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Hotel F6 $168
                Hotel F6

                Hotel F6

                Fabianinkatu 6, Kaartinkaupunki, Helsinki, Uusimaa
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Kaartinkaupunki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Esplanadi and Stockmann. Helsinki Cathedral and Finlandia Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kauppatori Station and Etelaranta Station are within a 5-minute walk.