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Culture of Helsinki. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Helsinki Senate Square remains one of the main points of interest in the city. The square is surrounded by beautiful buildings, the majority of which were built in the first half of the 19th century. There are also some historical monuments on the square, and in its center you can see a monument to the Russian Tsar Alexander II. The building of State Council, which was completed in 1822, is the most striking architectural place of interest in Helsinki.
Uspenski Cathedral, National Museum of Finland, Museum of Natural History, Suomenlinna Church, Railway station, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Helsinki … Open
Uspenski Cathedral is another prominent religious attraction. The age of the cathedral is around 150 years. The building is made of red brick, and the halls of the church are decorated with exquisite icons and elegant gilded iconostasis. Rock Church is, without a doubt, no less attractive. The church is located in Töölö district. Built in 1969, the church is one of the most original monuments of modern architecture. Carved in the rock, the hall of the church is distinguished by special acoustics. A dome made of copper and glass is considered the chief ornament of the church.
Sederholm house is a sight that is definitely worth making a visit. The house, which was built in 1757, is located in the historic district of Helsinki. Currently, the oldest building of Helsinki has become the location of a museum, which exposition is devoted to the history of merchant life. Among the cultural institutions of Helsinki we should definitely underline Arena Military Museum. Among its collections you will see valuable and historical documents, ancient weapons, uniforms, as well as many other interesting exhibits. Young visitors can attend special lectures, during which they can participate in military battles and learn many new facts about the medieval Finnish troops. Copyright
Sea had always played an important role in the foundation and development of the modern metropolis of Helsinki. This is the reason why the capital of Finland is often called the daughter of … Open
Outdoor rest enthusiasts will be interested in visiting Esplanade Park, the territory of which contains numerous interesting attractions. This is the location of a famous statue of a nymph. For many years the statue has remained the main symbol of the national festival of youth "Vapaa". The sea beauty is the symbol of joy and celebration. The opening of the monument took place in 1908.
Helsinki Cathedral To feel real awe while in the White City of the North (as Helsinki is often called), you can visit the Helsingin ortodoksinen hautausmaa cemetery. Here, both majestic monuments and beautiful buildings, including the amazing beauty of the chapel building, will immerse you in an unforgettable atmosphere that gives extraordinary tranquility. The cemetery was built in the beginning of the XIX century. Among the famous people who were buried here, it is worth mentioning Agafon Faberge and Yuri Repin. Another place that will be great for hiking is Länsisatama, where, it seems as though you can watch the sailing and floating ships for eternity.
Helsinki is an ideal city for family travel. Tourists with children can have fun time there in both winter and summer. There are many amusement parks in the city and each of them has its own … Open
The busiest place in the hometown of Tove Jansson is Hakaniemi Market; here you can enjoy the color, inherent only in the capital of Finland. And here is the subway station bearing the same name (that is, Hakaniemi) gained fame due to the shooting of a video clip rather than a film. The fact is that it was here that a sort of must-see clip of Freestyler performed by Bomfunk MC’s was filmed. Another market – Vanha Kauppahalli – attracts tourists with its unsurpassed atmosphere. This does not seem like just any market building, but a gingerbread house. The attraction SkyWheel Helsinki attracts not so much by the fact that you can ride on it, but its extraordinary atmospheric uniqueness.
Cirrus In the capital of Finland, there are a lot of interesting sculptural structures, among which it is worth visiting “Varsapuistikko” – symbolizing maternal love, “Fazer Rooster” – depicting the cock as a symbol of the famous confectionary brand, and “Haaksirikkoiset”, which is a memorial in honor of those who died on the German military ship “Habsburg”. Monuments to famous people have been installed too. For example, the sculpture “Topelius and Children”, the monument to General Mannerheim, Jean Sibelius (located in the park named after him and ideal for a leisurely walk along a spacious area).
The national cuisine is a kind of "fusion" of Eastern and Western traditions. Local culinary masterpieces will never leave any gourmet indifferent. Various vegetable stews and casseroles are … Open
Quarter Torikorttelit is a great place for those who like to stroll through cozy streets with spacious cafes and restaurants, and look at Scandinavian-style buildings. A delightful architectural monument is Kampin kappeli. Besides the fact that this place is conducive for pacification, the architecture of the building is simply amazing. The place looks very unusual and as a result, attracts many tourists. There is a synagogue in the White City of the North, which is also considered interesting from an architectural point of view. An excellent example of neo-Gothic architecture is Saksalainen kirkko. It is one of the most majestic buildings in the city, therefore definitely worth a visit by every tourist.
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Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki

» Every year, the sacrament - the queen’s coronation - is held at the city cathedral. One of the 10 beauties had been selected by vote before. After the coronation, the maiden in a white dress with a crown and lighted candles goes to the square with her friends.
»  There was a church at one time. It was dismantled and the territory was extended to construct a new church. The construction lasted 22 years. The updated church was finished in 1852. There is a bell tower and a chapel at the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
»  The exterior is distinguished by multiple statues of 12 apostles placed on the roof. They are made of lead. Such number of zinc statues is the largest in the world.
»  There is a vaulted cave under the cathedral. Art exhibitions and community meetings are held in it.
»  People attend communal prayers three times a week. You can listen to organ music at the weekend.
»  You can see the white magnificent building on souvenirs, postcards, and in guides. This cathedral is a city landmark.
»  Every year, about half a million people come here to admire the temple.

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

» The cathedral (1862-1868) started to be built in one of the quarter of old Helsinki built up with huts and one-storey houses where ordinary people lived.
»  Substantial citizens started building new houses too. The quarter gained respectable appearance soon. Now, it is a prestigious district in the city. It can be said that the Uspenski Cathedral caused this.
»  The House of God that is 51 m high is the largest Orthodox religious building in Europe.
»  The Uspenski Cathedral is located on the high cliff. Visitors going from the sea gate see the magnificent red-brick building with 13 copper domes.
»  They are crowned by decorative gilded towers. They symbolize the presence of Jesus with 12 apostles.
»  The cathedral is built in the Russian architectural style. It is distinguished by patterns in its stones.
»  Inner rooms are spacious and light despite multiple elegant decorative elements. The dome is painted. There is the collection of precious items behind the church ambo.
»  The rectangular table in the middle of the table is covered with a golden coating and decorated with precious stones. It was delivered from the Valaam Monastery.

National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

» One of the huge warehouses, where you can see cultural and historical items, is located in the National Museum.
»  It resembles the Finnish medieval palace with its appearance. The building has a stone decorated foundation. There is a high cone tower. The hall is decorated with frescoes of 1900.
»  Here, you can also see artifacts telling about the historical development of the country from ancient times up to now. You can visit static and temporary local history, ethnocultural, and art exhibitions. In the shop, you can buy interesting books.
»  Their collection is divided into themed sectors. Each of them has a hall.
»  The history sector is the biggest. Here, you can see archeological artifacts found during excavations in the country, and other items: ceramic fragments, crockery, accessories, and chronicles about the first humans settling here 10 000 years ago.
»  At the “Treasures” Exhibition, you can see awards of different epochs, coins, paper money, and jewelry.
»  Workshop Vintti (translated as “basement”) at the upper level will let you give insights into the history, for example, weave a patchwork carpet or work on the conveyor.

St. John Church, Helsinki

» There is a Lutheran church (1891) on top of the hill. Over the centuries, rites of summer solstice had been performed.
»  The Swedish architect built a house corresponding to the place: according to the architectural plan, the building is constructed in the Flamboyant style. Due to its exterior, the building resembles a fire with a flame rising to the sky.
»  The building is built on the stone foundation. The church is faced with red bricks. There are 74-meter towers on both sides. Outer walls are decorated with narrow lancet windows of stained glass. There is a big round rose-window above the central doorway. Its surface separates the intertwined ornament. The entrance to the building is guarded by two fabulous beasts. The sculpture of Apostle John reminds of the saint, after whom the cathedral is named.
»  2 600 worshipers can visit the service at one time.
»  The light room has excellent acoustics, which lets hold organ concerts. All pieces of furniture - the altar, benches, and balconies - are wooden. The altar depicts Paul, the preacher and the follower of Christ. Big columns supporting the dome make the church higher.

Aleksanterin teatteri, Helsinki

Location on the map:   Facts: » The oldest religious building in the country is the Imperial Alexander Theatre. It is named after the Russian King who gave money for the construction of the new building in Melpomene.
»  Such eminent people, as the singer Shalyapin, the performer Varlamov, the writer Gorky, and the word-painter Yuriev, performed here.
»  Technical equipment is suitable not only for theatrical, but also for dance performances. Drama and opera performances, musicals, and dance plays are stages here. The acoustics of the hall that lets play contemporary and classic music here. Private events are also held here.
»  The initiator of the religious building construction was the Governor General of Finland.
»  The Italian troupe stages the opera “Faust” on the opening day. The theatrical performance was premiered in spring 1880.
»  The theatre has already reached the 135-year mark of its existence.
»  Today, actors are often on tour. Invited play-actors from all over the world also improvise on stage.
»  The theatre doesn’t have a cast.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Helsinki

Senators Square and the Cathedral
Where: corner of Unioninkatu / Aleksanterinkatu, Helsinki;
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
Opening hours: all year;
Temple Church
Where: Lutherinkatu 3, Helsinki; Opening hours: Mon, Wed 10.00-17.00, Tue 10.00-12.45 and 14.15-17.00, Thu, Fri 10.00-20.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, Sun 11.45-13.45 and 15.30-18. Please note that opening hours may change due to special events.;
Where: Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki; Telephone: +358 (0)9 1733 6501; Opening hours: Tue 10.00-17.00, Wed-Fri 10.00-20.30, Sat-Sun 10.00-18.00. Closed on Monday;
National Museum of Finland
Where: Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki; Telephone: +358 (0)9 4050 9544; Opening hours: Tue-Wed 11.00–20.00, Thu-Sun 11.00–18.00, closed Mondays;
Finlandia house
Where: Mannerheimintie 13e, Helsinki; Telephone: +358 (0)9 402 41 or +358 (0)9 402 42 11 (Info Shop);
The Sibelius Monument
Where: Mechelininkatu 38, Helsinki;
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