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Lutheran Cathedral

Unionsgatan 29, Helsinki, Finland (Vironniemi)
+358 9 23406120
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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Aurora, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Of course being a "must do" doesn't necessarily mean that it was outstanding. It's a very interesting cathedral, but it is somewhat plain on the inside. Unlike many cathedrals in Europe, it doesn't have the ornate paintings inside. The pipe organ was quite interesting and the do an organ recital at noon most days. The square in front of the... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This cathedral is located in the main city and the downtown market is very near from the cathedral. The cathedral is an excellent architectural building and provides great view when you see it from the big square opposite the cathedral. You can take nice pictures and is free. We didn't go inside the cathedral. This place was full of tourists... More

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Panaji, India
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It is one of main highlights of Helsinki, especially for first timers it strikes at first sight. The Cathedral is big one and requires good time if one wants to see it minutely

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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building, and I enjoyed the effort of climbing up the steps to access the cathedral (free entrance). Please note that if you walk around to the left of the steps at the front of the building you can access the cathedral via a long tarmac ramp with far fewer steps - worth it if you have mobility issues.

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Fairfield, Ohio
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133 reviews 133 reviews
58 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Lutheran Cathedral is an icon of the city of Helsinki. It is located near the port and just a brief walk from the main downtown shopping area. Entrance is free so it is worth the effort of going up the steps, unless there is a walking difficulty. The inside is pretty sparse, but as someone who travels and sees... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful 19th century building in the historical city centre of Helsinki. Most visitors seem to ignore the crypt which is in fact a bit hard to find as the entrance is not visible when entering from the front. Do visit it however, it's free like the church and has a cafe and quite often some kind of... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It's pretty outside but fairly dull inside (though the acoustics seemed good). Wander around the square but you don't have to ascend the steps if you don't want to.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just come to the large square out the front and you will appreciate this stunning Cathedral. Many tour busses arrive with lots of tourists and the photo opportunities are terrific.

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New York City, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Like most Lutheran churches in Finland, it is very very very simple inside. The best views are from the outside. So, spare the hassle of going up the stairs and take your pictures from the square below. If you still want to go inside, don't take the stairs. Take the streets on either side of the church because they will... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The former orthodox St.Nicholas cathedral was built at about the same time that the St.Isaac cathedral in St.Petersburg. And though many say they look alike I would disagree as white, lightweight and elegant Helsinki cathedral may be repeats geometric contours of St.Petersburg's one but gives absolutely different impression! Being the main jewel of the Senate square the Helsinki Cathedral is... More

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