Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral 

     Beautifully located on a high altitude this church was designed and started to build by Carl Ludving Engel who was great architect of Neoclassic city of Helsinki. It seams that Engel wished to welcome arrivals from sea by this impressive monumental building. Surely today Helsinki Cathedral is symbol of the city and one of the most visited attraction. 
     The construction of the Cathedral was completed  in the year 1852 and it is said that design of building inspired by Kazan cathedral which is located in St. Petersburg. The church is a Greek cross ( symmetrical cross) shape and has  six high corinthian style columns on four sides of building. Impressive green main dome is rising in on the building and flanked by four smaller domes. On the roof of building other attention taking futures are 12 sculptures of apostles. They are about 3 meters high and located roofline above columns. 
     Interior of the church is simple as a Lutheran traditional order. 
Cylindrical pulpit, statues of M. Luther, Philip Melanchaton and important historical figure Mikael Agricola are some of the highlights decorating interior. 
     There is no entrance fee to building but there is a small Cathedral shop in summers out side building and donation boxes inside of building. If you are arriving to church from Senate Square via steps you should walk to left hand side for main entrance which is located on western side of building.