Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Cathedral is a distinct landmark in the scenery of central Helsinki, with a tall green dome surrounded by four smaller domes. It was built in 1830–1852 in neoclassical style to replace an earlier church from 1727. The cathedral was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, to form the climax of the whole Senate Square laid out by Engel, surrounded by a number of buildings all designed by him.

Today the cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki. Annually more than 350,000 people visit the church, some of them to attend religious events, but most as tourists. The church is in regular use for both worship services and special events such as weddings.



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Founded: 1830-1852
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)


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Sam MacSmith (8 months ago)
Helsinki Cathedral is an iconic stop for everyone coming to Helsinki. The design is gorgeous and the size is massive. Don’t let the pictures fool you, it is big! :D and totally worth the visit.
Biswarup Ghoshal (10 months ago)
We’ve only visited the Cathedral from outside. This white coloured structure forms an iconic view from the yard in front of her. She is beautiful. If you’re visiting Helsinki for very short time even for a transit, this place is a place for “must visit”.
Stefan Ladwig (10 months ago)
Very impressive cathedral. I was here in March of 2019 and it was really cold, so there was not much going on. I can imagine that the place around the cathedral is very popular in the summer seasons. Hopefully I will make it back here when it is a bit warmer.
Stefan Mu (11 months ago)
Impressive Dom in the center of Helsinki posing on a hill. Good view over parts of the city from the top of the stairs. The Dom can be visited for a voluntary admission and is kept quite simple inside but worth seing it!
Neeta Singhvi (16 months ago)
Beautiful and iconic cathedral located in the centre of Helsinki, capital of Finland is a must visit, located at the Senate Square. The church was originally built from 1830–1852 as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland, Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. It is a major landmark of the city, and possibly the most famous structure in Finland as a whole when viewed globally. It's equally beautiful during the day and night time.The day we went it was not too crowded, we could sit peacefully to offer prayers. It was quite rejuvenating.j
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