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Senate Square (Senaatintori)

Aleksanterinkatu/Hallituskatu, Helsinki, Finland (Vironniemi)
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Ranked #11 of 147 Attractions in Helsinki
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Lohja, Finland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

this is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. its not wow, but sometimes there are stalls with people selling local products. the stairs to the cathedral are a nice spot to hang and just people watch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If you are only visiting Helsinki, then you'll probably love the architecture and the historical feeling of the square. But if you've traveled a bit more, you'll see that it's nice but not really anything special. If you're walking by, stop and take a look, but it isn't necessary to go out of your way to visit.

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Vancouver, BC CANADA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
31 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

At some point during your visit to Helsinki you must pass by here. Don't miss it. Central location means that it is easy to walk to from anywhere in the center.

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Brisbane, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Every time I see this astonishing ice-marble palace and its vast square I wonder where all the people are. Everyone I know who has been there on a busy afternoon or evening tells me I'm mad. They may be right, but as part of the easy and entertaining harbour or ferry wharf stroll it's a highlight.

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

was so eager to see the senaatintori, and it is quite impressive. but i was happy that there weren.t that many people on it.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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152 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Built by the Russians in the 19th century, this is Helsinki's main and biggest square. In the middle of it is Czar Alexander statue, and on the east and west side there are two identical neoclassic buildings, one being the Finnish Senate and the other the University. Above it, over the flight of steps is the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral.

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Rumia, Poland
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10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Yes, it was totally empty as we visited it in cold autumn evening but I can imagine it functions as the best place to meet in Helsinki. It is really large, with the statue of tzar Alexander II in the middle. The steps leading to the Lutheran Cathedral are simply great.

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NEUS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a great meeting place for tourists. It is a central place where many city tours begin. The hop on hop off bus affords a great overview of the city. Certain times of the year activities take place in the square and its only a few blocks from the open market.

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Brampton, Canada
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205 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you ask a Finnish person to bring you around their city, this is the first place they will bring you to. At the center of the square is the white Helsinki Cathedral. A tip is don't visit FInland in July. I was there end of June to first week of July and Helsinki is like a ghost town.July, which... More

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

You go there basically to see the cathedral or jump on a hop-on, hop-off bus.. not much else to see.

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