Sights to See in Helsinki
of the most notable and known landmarks of Finnland's capital,
should be on everyone's list of sights to see on a visit to this Finnish city.
1868, it is reportedly the largest Orthodox
Church in Western Europe.
Though, to the minds of some, at least, Finland may not exactly qualify
as 'west'. But whatever the
that particular record, the church is a spectacular sight.
Its setting atop a hill the site makes for an amazing sight from far
just becomes more impressive the closer one gets. From as far away as
the city's active marketplace it's still possible to see the huge
Thanks to the very open space surrounding it, one can get a panoramic
view of the entire building from fifty meters away. The observer can
then enjoy a close
up view walking up the hill. Turning around at the top, one can get a
of the city below.
The cathedral is still a functioning religious center today and center
Finnish Orthodox Church,
currently numbering about 60,000 members. It is the seat
of the Archdiocese of Helsinki,
which has administrative ties to the
Be that as it may, anyone, no matter their religious beliefs, or lack
of them, can still enjoy the splendor that is
this magnificent structure in Helsinki. The deep red walls of Uspenski
Cathedral, sometimes called The Russian Cathedral,
form a superb base for the green and gold domes.
Constructed in a Russian-Byzantine
style, it was actually modeled after a 16th
century church located near Moscow, Assumption Cathedral in
Vladimir. The Helsinki cathedral is covered in red brick and
provides an outstanding look back into Finland's past. The bricks used
in its construction were
brought from a fortress destroyed during the Crimean War,
Bomarsund Fortress in Aland.
The huge central dome of Uspenski Cathedral is supported atop
four enormous granite pillars. It is surrounded by many other
domes (technically known as 'cupolas') - in the familiar
style common to Russian Orthodox churches. Thirteen in
all, they were intended to be symbolic of Jesus and the Apostles.
Beneath these domes are a series of superbly shaped and beautifully
crosses. In the interior can be seen the large
i.e. a wall of religious paintings and icons, executed by
On the southern side of the site there is a three-story belltower
that gives the famous one at Notre Dame in Paris a run for its money.
Around the interior there are plenty of icons to view, as is common in
many 19th century or older
religious buildings. Less common than those, however, Uspenski
Cathedral has a display of chandeliers hanging from the vaulted ceiling
that would be the envy of royalty.
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