Just like the nearby Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral is an iconic sight in Finland's capital, and should be high atop any visitor’s to-do list when coming to the city. The cathedral, which is located in the Katajanokka neighborhood, serves as the main cathedral of the Finnish Orthodox Diocese and has done so for more than 150 years.
A beautiful sightThe cathedral was created by the architect Alexey Gornostaev before his death in 1862 and was completed 6 years later. With its redbrick façade, golden cupolas and spires in green and gold, the church has a distinct Russian feel to it, making it a clear symbol of the Russian impact on the Finnish history. Another eye-catching aspect of Uspenski Cathedral is its size, as it is the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe.
Marvelous decorationsInside the cathedral, you will marvel at the ornate decorations that line the walls and ceilings, plus its one-of-a-kind iconostasis, a collection of icons that sits behind the church pulpit. You can enter this beautiful building Tuesday-Sunday at various times, but note that it is closed during ceremonies. The astonishing façade can, of course, be viewed anytime you like.
To see the best sights of the Finnish capital, stay at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki in the heart of the city, with easy access to everything it has to offer. Reach the Uspenski Cathedral on foot in just 15 minutes and visit other attractions such as the Rock Church or the Ateneum Art Museum. At the end of a long day of sightseeing the city, relax with your favorite cocktail in the Bar 7 Blings or doze on the comfortable Magic Bed® ordering room service.