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Lutheran Cathedral

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Neighborhood: Vironniemi
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Address: Unionsgatan 29, Helsinki, Finland
Phone Number: +358 9 23406120
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Lutheran Catherdal and the surrounding Senate Square is the most harmonious and balanced site in Helsinki and all of Finland. The church and the surrounding buildings (University... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Lutheran Catherdal and the surrounding Senate Square is the most harmonious and balanced site in Helsinki and all of Finland. The church and the surrounding buildings (University of Helsinki, the Government of Finland) were designed by Engel (German architect) and built around 1850´s as part of Helsinki´s empire/ neoclassic city center. The harmony of the square suffers from in- and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Helsinki's greatest landmark is at least mediocre. Not impressed at all by it. It definitely makes a difference to the city's landscape but it's no Sistine chapel.. Not worth spending more that 30' in the area..

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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This church can been seen from around Helsinki as it is perched on top of a dais. It is typically sparse in side, but that is part of its interest. As a tip, given that the steps from the front are steep, suggest you go around the back.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The Lutheran Cathedral sits at the back of Senate Square. If you're in Helsinki then it's hard to miss this imposing building as it rises from the top of its stairway and towers over the city. The design is great and actually more detailed than it first appears. Have a look for the statues of the twelve apostles on the... More 

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bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Everytime I have come across Helsinki, I have come across this picture of the Lutheran with it. You could almost call it the face of Helsinki. The cathedral is simple, white, clean, beautiful infront of a lovely square. It is a must watch place. The place is very well connected from kamppi. The place is bordered with gift shops. You... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The church is on a hilltop. You approach it from the Senate Square, thru a set of steps. I went in the winter, right before Christmas, but I visualize a lot of tourist resting on the long stairs in the summer.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

It's not the Gothic kind of cathedral I'm used to back home but this beautifully simple building, often the symbol of Helsinki, is a really nice place to step inside out of the cold and enjoy some peace and quiet. The inside itself is a continuation of the outside, simply decorated, beautiful but with a much warmer feel. The organ... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Cathedral has a very imposing architecture from the outside. It is the heart of the city and looks magnificent above the square. Great place to hang out, grab a bite and enjoy the view. As for the inside, it is very sweet and simple. It has something special but nothing to make an "aw" about it. Look around the... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Especially in the winter when this church shines in the midst of tons of snow... so beautiful. The church looks more modern from the outside than in the inside. The artistic work inside is interesting,...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It is located at Senate Square and it was built as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. When you think of Helsinki, Senate Square and Lutheran Cathedral are usually your first thoughts. Atop of the stairs you will have a nice view and if you have a chance to go inside don't miss it.

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