Helsinki, Finland

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland

The Uspensky Cathedral in Helsinki is the largest Russian Orthodox Church outside the former Soviet Union. Despite its ancient appearance it is, in fact, younger than the Lutheran Cathedral which it faces from its position on the island of Katajanokka.

The Cathedral was finished in 1868. They style of architecture is very much of the Orthodox church school with blind arches and numerous towers, although sadly no onion domes were included. The interior is also typically Orthodox with an impressive collection of iconography.

From the platform to the side of the Cathedral an excellent view can be had of Helsinki, looking across to the Lutheran Cathedral and from the front looking out across the islands in the Harbour.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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