Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral, Finland

Probably the most distinctive monument in Finland, the Lutheran Cathedral or Tuomiokirrko dominates Helsinki's main square, Senaatintori. The whole Square was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel (from Berlin) and was completed in 1852. The square was designed to reflect the great architecture of St. Petersburg, at the time the capital of Russia and thus of Finland which was still a Russian province.

The blazing white of the church with its brilliant green copper domes can be seen from all over Helsinki but are best seen from the centre of the Square with the wide steps leading up to the entrance.

The interior, by comparison, is stark and plain and slightly disappointing. The views from outside are particularly fine, of the rest of Senaatintori and Helsinki's vast harbour beyond.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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