Helsinki Cathedral, the city's central Lutheran place of worship, stands over Senate Square in the center of the city, 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. In Finnish it is named Tuomiokirkk and is known as the symbol of the city.
Tribute to the Queen of Sweden and Tsar Nicholas ILocated in what has traditionally been an important center in Helsinki, the cathedral has served as a place of worship for many years. Even before its construction, 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.
Visiting and accessSometimes referred to the Heart of Helsinki, this church is an important symbol and is open every day. Tourist visits is not permitted during services and other events, so be sure to check out their schedule before heading over if you wish to go inside. There is wheelchair access from the crypt, however you will need to call ahead to find out if this entrance is open.
With a stay at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki, you can reach the attractions in and around the downtown area quickly and easily. With just a ten-minute walk to Helsinki Cathedral or 15 minutes to Uspenski Cathedral, you can get started on your cultural exploration of the city straight away.