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  • Address: Senaatintori
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 6pm. No visitors allowed during Sunday morning services
  • Admission: Free

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Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko)

The skyline of Helsinki is dominated by Tuomiokirkko, or the Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral. The green domes, white building and zinc rooftop statues of the twelve apostles of the magnificent Lutheran church stand tall and proud looking over the city to the sea. Built between 1830 and 1852, it replaced a smaller 18th century church, and was originally called St. Nicholas' Church in homage to the Tsar of Russia, Grand Duke Nicholas I. After Finnish independence from Russia 1917, the church was renamed and in 1959 it became a cathedral of the Evangelical Lutheran denomination.

Designed by a German architect Carl Ludwig Engel who laid out the whole of Senate Square, the exterior is Neo-Classical with columns and statues and in comparison, inside seems rather plain. The design was later altered by Ernst Lohrmann who added the zinc apostles and a few extra small domes. There is room for 1,300 worshipers and an altarpiece flanked by angels. The suitably atmospheric crypt is now a cafe. The church is in regular use for services and also weddings.

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Trams 1,2, 3B and 3T will take you to Senate Square where the church is located. Or it is an easy walk, and easily visible, from anywhere in central Helsinki.

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Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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There is no better way to see Helsinki than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Helsinki attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Varies

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Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing Audio Tour

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Choose from 10 languages on this Self-guided Helsinki Audio City Tour. The tour takes in the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical center ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.23

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