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Senate Square (Senaatintori)

Aleksanterinkatu/Hallituskatu, Helsinki, Finland (Vironniemi)
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Ranked #13 of 148 Attractions in Helsinki
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Krasnoyarsk, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I found the square as nothing much but a large paved area. Lots of folks sitting on the steps. I found it basically a large walkway to get to the church.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The history of this square is interesting (go to the free city museum nearby to find out more!) and with all of the buildings, monuments, cafes and shops that surround it is definitely worth visiting when in Helsinki.

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Columbus, OH
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8 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

One must take a stroll around the impressive Senate Square with the Cathedral as the centerpiece and the statue of Tsar Alexander II. One of the oldest stone houses in Helsinki is here as are some restaurants and souvenir shops. Stop at the Café Engel, too.

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Ballarat, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Helsinki is a City that has the most outstanding architecture and here in the square is no different. From the cobble stone road to the buildings that surround this square. Also the waterfront is a minutes walk from here. If you visit Helsinki you have to come here for some pictures and be sure to check out for the rare... More

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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79 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Senate Square is surrounded with beautiful architecture & dominated by the Lutheran Cathedral. It's only a short walk from the waterfront. During the Cold War Era this square was used by film makers to depict Moscow. Gorky Park was filmed here. There's a lovely happy atmosphere here, with singers & musicians etc. The cathedral is large & quite plain inside,... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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84 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The reason to go to the Square is to see the Cathedral above. The Square itself isn't all that much.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Everything is perfect! Nice architecture, a lot of friendly people, not far from the Helsinki seaport with ity's fresh-fried fish and seafood on the embarkment.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Every time I passed by the Senate Square, I noticed groups of young students making a statement: not sure what the statement exactly was though :)

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Perhaps the best thing about this square is the possibility to take very good pictures of the white Cathedral sitting over it.

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

Senate Square is the one stunning, wide, beautiful but not bombastic at all! Classic buildings surrounding the square give it the sense of style and dignity. The statue to the Alexander II in the center and the view of the Lutheran Cathedral are only two of square's decorations. But these two do the job perfect giving the square the magnificent... More

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