Uspenskin Katedraali - or Uspenski Cathedral as it is sometimes known - is an Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki city centre that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Like the Rock Church of Helsinki, Uspenskin Katedraali is not just a scared place of worship but also a busy tourist attraction. The Katedraali welcomes more than 500,000 tourists every year who come to pray and admire the many gilded murals and rare icons on display.
What to see at the Uspenskin Katedraali:
- The architecture of Uspenskin is much admired - so stop outside to admire its towering red brick walls and 13 copper domes (representing Christ and his twelve apostles).
- The Katedraali is known for its rare murals and icons - the icon of Theotokos of Kozeltshan is especially beautiful.
Visiting Uspenskin Katedraali
The Katedraali is easily reached from most accommodation in Helsinki's city centre, though the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki is especially convenient as it is less than 30 minutes' walk away and an even shorter tram ride.
Uspenskin is open every day, except on Mondays during winter and is free to visit, although donations to the church and good causes are welcomed.