Uspenski Cathedral

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Standing atop a hill in Helsinki’s historic Katajanokka district, the largest Russian Orthodox church in western Europe is a remnant of the Russian Empire in Finland.

Admire the magnificent architecture and learn about the Russian influence on Helsinki at Uspenski Cathedral. Explore the interior of the cathedral to see how it differs from the city’s Lutheran churches.

Gaze up at the golden onion dome atop the green spires that can be seen from a great distance in Helsinki. Capture photos of the glorious religious structure from the other side of the street. Note the golden cross that marks the top of the cathedral. See the church at night, when it is illuminated in warm light.

The church is surrounded by a spacious plaza and a rocky mound with grassy patches that are ideal for a picnic. Climb the adjacent hill to admire the panoramic views of the area. Wander through the fascinating neighborhood of Katajanokka for the eclectic range of architecture from the early 20th century.

Enter the cathedral and marvel at the size of the nave, which has noticeably high ceilings. Give a small donation to light a candle. This Russian Orthodox church is ornately decorated, particularly compared with the Lutheran churches of Helsinki.

Hear how the church was built over a period of 6 years, beginning in 1862. Designed by architect Aleksei Gornostajev, the building is made of bricks from the Bomarsud Fortress in Aland that was destroyed in the Crimean War. See images of a 16th-century church in Moscow on which the cathedral is based.

Note that the church is closed on Mondays during winter. Otherwise, it opens daily from morning until late afternoon. Enter the church during these times for free.

Uspenski Cathedral is located in Katajanokka, a district separated from the mainland by a canal, in central Helsinki. Walk east from Helsinki Railway Station for 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) to get here. Arrive by boat at the port or travel by bus to one of the many stops. Nearby attractions include Senate Square, Helsinki University and Katajanokan Casino.

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Marski by Scandic
4 out of 5
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