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“Solemn oriental atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Uspenski Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)

Uspenski Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)
Kanavakatu 1, Helsinki, Finland (Vironniemi)
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Ranked #8 of 129 Attractions in Helsinki
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Solemn oriental atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

In stark contrast with the nearby Lutheran Cathedral, the Uspenski Cathedral mixes the warmth of red bricks with the glamor of the gilded domes. It can be seen from a long distance, emerging from an Alvar Aalto building separating it from the seafront.

The inside of the cathedral reverberates its mystical atmosphere from every corner. The solemnity of the place is underlined by the rich ornaments on every wall and the impressive concentration of artwork. The central screen separating the main space from the most sacred part, opens during religious services and the priests officiate at the altar behind it, while the faithful remain on the this side praying and chanting, all making the service quite vibrant.

However, the majestic atmosphere can still be perceived even during the normal hours, when the occasional faithful visit the church for prayers and devotions. Though it is not allowed to take flash photos, you should ask the verger and he will normally allow some shots without flash, if taken with the respect that the place commands.

Visited September 2012
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“Not much to it.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

From the outside the church is very dramatic and beautiful as it sits on top of a hill by the water. The area inside the church that you can actually visit is quite small. The mosaics are pretty, but so are the mosaics in many other churches. Worth a look, but don't expect to be there long.

Visited September 2012
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“Uspenski Cathedral”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

This cathedral is very near to the main Helsink Cathedral which is probably the biggest old structure in the city. Uspenski cathedral is a relatively small one but has a different architecture unlike other european cathedrals.


The city doesnt have many attractions - this is one of the few. Dont compare this with grand structures of rest of the europe.

Visited October 2011
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“Nice architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Beautiful building. Nice view of the town from the church. The interior is nothing particular, unfortunately

Visited August 2012
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“Very pretty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Lovely church near the wharf, worth a peek. Great photo op as it is up on a rock cliff. Inside very lovely to see

Visited August 2012
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