Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)

Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)

Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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The area

Address
Neighborhood: Vironniemi
How to get there
  • Helsingin yliopisto • 10 min walk
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  • MNowosad
    San Jose, California173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Greek Orthodox Icons
    Uspenskin Cathedral was the most impressive place I had the opportunity to visit during my stay in Helsinki. Besides its beautiful architecture, it has a stunning icon collection by the altar site, with many Greek Orthodox masterpieces to be seen and admired. Being the largest Greek Orthodox church in Western Europe, the cathedral is a must-see for anyone visiting Helsinki.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • RopentaStones
    St Helens, United Kingdom2,049 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice cathedral
    A very imposing Greek orthodox cathedral that is way smaller on the inside than on the outside. Definitely worth a visit but not the finest I've ever seen. Bear in mind though that this is a fully functioning place of worship so do respect that when inside, unlike some of the people that were in there at the time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Building
    The place looks great from the outside, much like the Helsinki Cathedral, but, lacks a majestic interior. It’s nice enough, but, surprisingly compact. Lots of gold and interesting religious icons to keep you moving through for about 15 minutes. They suggest a 5 Euro donation.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • WorldGlutton
    London, United Kingdom23,217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see destination !!
    From the Market Square, a distinctive red brick exterior crowned by 13 towers with gilded domes, onion domes and a 5-storey bell tower got our attention and we walked there to pay a visit. An impressive example of Russian style architecture, Uspenskin Orthodox Cathedral stands out from the surrounding cityscape. Stairs from the park leads to the Cathedral entrance. Admission into the Cathedral is free. Signboard at the entrance shows open six days a week, with Monday being its day of rest. Inside the Cathedral, it houses impressive collection of ancient books, manuscripts and other religious artefacts as well as a relic of the true cross . Its interior is impressive with the large chandeliers hanging from ceiling, gilded iconostasis, marble columns, and elaborate frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible. Whether you are a believer or just a curious traveller, Uspenskin Orthodox Cathedral is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Helsinki.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Gregory W
    Mankato, Minnesota3,829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    2 Thumbs Up!
    FREE to enter! Uspenski Cathedral is a Greek Orthodox or Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki, Finland, and it is main cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Finland, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary). Its name comes from the Old Church Slavonic word uspenie, which denotes the Dormition. It is the largest Greek Orthodox church in Northern Europe.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 29, 2024
  • HerrNieminen
    Helsinki, Finland5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You're interested in architecture, history Uspenskin Cathedral is well worth a visit
    Uspenskin Cathedral is a magnificent and historic landmark in Helsinki. This Eastern Orthodox cathedral, perched on a hill overlooking the city, offers stunning architecture and breathtaking views. The interior is equally impressive with its beautiful icons and intricate details. The cathedral's serene atmosphere makes it a perfect place for reflection. Whether you're interested in architecture, history, or simply looking for a peaceful spot, Uspenskin Cathedral is well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2024
  • James J
    Embrun, Canada62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Uspenskin Cathedral
    Loved the old architecture. It is the largest Greek Orthodox church in Northern Europe. Funded by salt import tax in early 1700s. The construction of the cathedral, 700 000 bricks were brought over in barges from the Bomarsund Fortress that had been demolished in the Crimean War.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written June 27, 2024
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Joanne H
London, UK942 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I think your opinion of the Uspenskin Cathedral probably depends a little on how many Orthodox churches you've been in - having visited many during trips to Russia and Georgia, I think I was expecting something a little more lavish inside. Much of the interior was roped off and I couldn't get to the main altar screen to look at it closely, possibly due to some restoration work going on although a tour group were being shown the roped-off parts. It is beautiful and definitely worth a visit, but if you've been to other similar churches, you may be less wowed than if you haven't.
Written February 1, 2020
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FiftyFifty5050
Montgomery, UK868 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
If you are visiting the market / marina area in Helsinki you can't miss the orthodox cathedral, situated as it is on the top of a hill, looking out over that part of the city. When the sun catches the golden globes on the roof, it is absolutely stunning and a photographer's dream.

One caveat - plan your visit carefully if you have the flexibility as the church is closed on a Monday.

The contrast between the red brick and copper rooves is highly photogenic and there are so many angles where the light catches.

Inside, we were really surprised at how compact it seemed and can only surmise that there is accommodation, seminary or some such included in the footprint. When we visited there was work taking place on the rood screen, with scaffolding and workmen, so perhaps there is more behind this.

Because of the work the pews were roped off, so no opportunity to sit and take it all in or pray, but you could walk around the periphery, look at the icons - very ornate - and the ceiling.

It's always going to be a marmite thing, whether you like gilded or plain and simple, but the building is so Russian in it's architecture and sits so well in it's location that a visit won't fail to please.
Written October 16, 2020
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Jen B
Silver Spring, MD86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
A short walk from the waterfront, free to enter. Very beautiful decorations inside, but I'm told the access hours vary regularly due to events / weather / whim. One of only 3 cathedrals built by this architect, commissioned by the Tsar for Helsinki. Definitely recommend a visit!
Written February 28, 2022
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,206 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Very photogenic, both from inside and from outside. Richly decorated, just like all Russian Orthodox places of worship. However, unlike churches in Russia itself, here they allow photos inside! About five minutes walk from the Market Square. A bit of a climb. Maybe a bit difficult with a stroller.
Written August 18, 2020
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AngloItalian78
Aylesbury, UK549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Aside from the fact that the views are superb from its elevated position, I was really intrigued to see inside as I’ve rarely been in a Russian Orthodox Church and I’d heard this is one of their largest cathedrals in the world outside of Russia.

The decor inside is stunning and shiny, and the artwork & design impressive, plus the Cyrillic/Russian inscriptions are fascinating. Interestingly, inside is not as big as you’d expect from its grand exterior…and there is no doubting it’s presence in gorgeous red on the Helsinki skyline, all the more glorious at nighttime…and incredible views over the Baltic Sea, the rest of the city & Helsinki Cathedral in a contrasting bright white.

Definitely worth a visit, this is far more a must-see than Helsinki cathedral in my opinion, at least for its interior and the 360 views.
Written February 28, 2023
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RSsydney
Sydney, Australia1,151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) is a 5 minute walk from the Market Square located on top of a hill. The unique architecture is from when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. Beautiful from the outside and inside as well. Entry is free. A must visit site while in Helsinki.
Written July 19, 2020
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freutmich
Kansas City760 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Uspenskin Cathedral is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. It offers a notable, elaborate contrast to the modest interior of the nearby Helsinki Cathedral. Admission is free, but be prepared for big crowds. When I stopped by there were a couple of tour busses visiting, so quiet contemplation wasn't really happening. Also, I first tried to visit on a Monday morning, but it's closed on Mondays, just so you know.
Written July 10, 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The church was completed in 1868 in the Katajanokka district.

The church was closed on our visit, although according to their website it should have been open.

From outside, it is a stunning looking church with its golden cupolas and redbrick facade.

It is located on top of a hill. The views are worth the climb.
Written January 19, 2020
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VinnieLondon
Doha, Qatar12,800 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Just up from the waterfront and 5 minute walk from the main Helsinki Lutheran cathedral and square. No entrance fee and allowed to take non flash photos...just usual respect in a working place of worship. Very dark and gothic like interior with some interesting artefacts including a good luck painting with an unusual history.
Written February 9, 2020
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK1,154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Just a short walk from the waterfront , and can be seen from way off. Its the largest Russian Orthodox church in the world and from outside it does look as if it has seen better days.
Inside ( free to enter) much better, however when we were visiting it looked as if it was having major renovation work done , as a great deal of the pieces that would normally be on display were all kept together in a corner , and there was also scaffolding around as well.
I am sure when it is all finished the church will be worth visiting
Written June 8, 2022
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