How to visit the Lutheran cathedral, Helsinki icon monument

Helsinki Cathedral

If you have to associate the image ofHelsinki, the capital of Finland, to some outstanding monument, it must certainly be that of your Lutheran Cathedral.

The first thing you should know is that Helsinki It has two cathedrals, that is, two large churches that are also very close, and both buildings can be seen clearly when you arrive at its port aboard a cruise ship.

To the east of your view you will find theUspenski Orthodox Cathedral, which is distinguished by the striking red color of the bricks with which the building has been built, and the green color of the domes.

Interior of the Helsinki Cathedral

This is a cathedral that clearly symbolizes the historical Russian dominance of Finland, which ended after the Russian Revolution.

Helsinki White Cathedral

However, the Lutheran church has a completely different image.

Also known as the White Cathedral for its also very striking white facade, stands majestically on the north side of the very wide and pedestrian Senate Square, the monumental center of Helsinki.

Located on a hill, in the development plan that was once commissioned to the German architect Carl Engel For the construction of the urban complex of the mentioned square, the new cathedral was going to acquire a great prominence.

Helsinki Cathedral

The building of theHelsinki Cathedral It was built between 1830 and 1952 in neoclassical architectural style, and following the trend set by the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, which had been built in 1811.

Initially it was baptized as the St. Nicholas church, in homage to the Russian Tsar Nicholas I, but after the march of the Russians from Finland, it becomes known as the Great church, and in the mid-twentieth century it became the Helsinki Cathedral.

You will be able to see the cathedral from many places in Helsinki, given its high location.

What to see in the visit of the Helsinki Cathedral

When you get to the Senate SquareSurely you will be impressed by its imposing figure at the top of a large staircase, crowned with a large dome.

The pedestrian configuration of the square, in whose center you find the statue dedicated to the Russian Tsar Alexander II, enhances the image of the cathedral and its great colorful White.

Interior of the Helsinki Cathedral

When you enter to visit it, you will see that it is a much smaller building than you could imagine.

With a plant in the shape of a Greek cross, there are very few architectural or artistic elements that can be noted inside, which shows great austerity.

So, you can see an altarpiece that at the time donated Nicholas I, with the theme of the burial of Jesus Christ. And little more than a pulpit and a great modern organ.

In the crypt of the cathedral events are usually held, such as exhibitions or concerts.

Schedules visit Helsinki Cathedral

The visiting hours of the Helsinki Cathedral they are, from June to August, from 9 to 24 hours, and the rest of the year, from 9 to 18 hours.

For your visit, you should know that there is aconcert and event program that take place in the crypt of the cathedral.

Photos Helsinki Cathedral

Here you have more photos of the Helsinki Cathedral.



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