Helsinki Cathedral

The beautiful and historically significant Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelic Lutheran church, also known as a symbol of Helsinki.

Helsinki Cathedral, or 'Helsingin tuomiokirkko' in Finnish, is an iconic landmark and a must-visit attraction for tourists exploring the Finnish capital. Here's a description tailored for tourists

The Kazan Cathedral, located in St. Petersburg, is considered the model for the neoclassical style of the church.

Helsinki Cathedral stands tall and proud in the city's heart, dominating the skyline with its impressive neoclassical architecture. Its pristine white façade and grand staircase leading up to the entrance make for a striking sight against the surrounding cityscape.

The Helsinki Cathedral is an architectural gem and a symbol of Finnish identity and history. It invites visitors to admire its beauty, explore its rich heritage, and enjoy the serene atmosphere within its walls.

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Key features of the church

It was earlier called St. Nicholas Church, and Great Cathedral, the current main church of the Helsinki Diocese was completed in 1852, and architect Carl Ludwig Engel designed the church.

The cathedral's exterior features a symmetrical design adorned with Corinthian columns, statues, and a central dome topped with a lantern and a cross.

The cathedral's elevated location on Senate Square offers panoramic views of the city, making it a favourite spot for tourists and locals alike.

Step inside to experience the cathedral's serene and simple interior, adorned with beautiful artworks, intricate frescoes, and an imposing altar. The grandeur of the space and the stunning natural light filtering through the windows create a peaceful ambience.

Admission to the cathedral is free, but there might be a small fee for guided tours or special events.

You can see the sculptures of the twelve apostles guarding the city from the church's roof. 

How to go there

It's easily accessible from various parts of the city, whether on foot, by tram, or by other public transportation options.

If you arrive from the sea, the cathedral is a part of Helsinki's Empire-era centre and a landmark.




Cultural events and tours

The cathedral occasionally hosts concerts, exhibitions, and cultural events. Check the schedule if you're interested in experiencing performances within this historic setting.

Guided tours are available for visitors interested in learning about the cathedral's history, architecture, and significance. They offer insights into the building's past and role in Finnish society. 


Helsinki Cathedral
Unioninkatu 29
00121 Helsinki
Helsinki, Capital Region

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  • Lattitude: 60.170419
  • Longitude: 24.952165