Helsinki Cathedral, the city's central Lutheran place of worship, stands over Senate Square in the city centre, much as it has for the past 150 years. The cathedral is a unique sight in Helsinki, with its porcelain white façade and five green domes.
To see Helsinki Cathedral, and all the Finnish capital's major attractions, stay at the centrally located Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki. This Helsinki hotel offers modern, comfortable accommodation at the heart of the city, meaning guests will never have to travel far to see the essential sights of Finland's capital.
History of Helsinki Cathedral
Located in what has traditionally been an important centre in Helsinki, the cathedral has served as a place of worship for many years. Even before the construction of Helsinki Cathedral, the Ulrika Eleonora Church, named after the Queen of Sweden, stood in its place.
However, Ulrika Eleonora was demolished to make way for the new cathedral, which was built between 1830 and 1852. Originally christened St Nicholas' Church, the cathedral first paid tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, who at the time served as Grand Duke of Finland.
Carl Ludvig Engel, who designed many of the buildings in surrounding Senate Square, drew up the original plans for Helsinki Cathedral, though these were altered before the church's completion. The cathedral has a neoclassical style in the shape of a Greek cross, and resembles St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg.
Visit Helsinki Cathedral from the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki
With a stay at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki, guests can reach the attractions of Helsinki city centre quickly and easily. With just a ten-minute walk to Helsinki Cathedral or 15 minutes to Uspenski Cathedral Helsinki, visitors can get started on their cultural exploration of the city.