Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Helsinki - a tour in the spirituality of the city

The Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square
Helsinki Cathedral and The Senate Square

Last weekend we visited Helsinki (and Tallinn); nice small city, harbour at the Baltic Sea and Finland Gulf. Everything is walking distance, if you are lazy you can just take a tram. Like in many other cities in the world, the cathedrals and churches are the main attractions. We visited three of them :
- Helsinki Cathedral (Helsingin tuomiokirkko) is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral, located in the centre of the city, dedicated to Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia whose name was taken until Finland became independent in 1917. The church was built in 1830–1852, in neoclassical style, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, the architect who designed the other buildings in Senate square. Today the church is considered the main attraction of Helsinki.

The Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral

- Temppeliaukio Church( Temppeliaukion kirkko ) is a non-conventional church built into a rock, having a copper roof. The church is quite modern being designed by the brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and opened in 1969. The church has excellent acoustics being a popular venue for various concerts. Half a million people visit Temppeliaukio Church annually.

Temppeliaukio Church - copper roof
Temppeliaukio Church

The organ of Temppeliaukio Church
The organ of Temppeliaukio Church

Candle - Temppeliaukio Church
Candle inside Temppeliaukio Church

- Uspenski Cathedral (Uspenskin katedraali) is the biggest Orthodox church in the Western Europe. It is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. The Cathedral was built between 1862-1868 after the plans of the Russian architect Alexey Gornostaev who died before the construction work even began. One weird thing happened to the Cathedral: the icon of St. Nicolas – The Wonder Maker, was stolen in the middle of the day on 16 August, 2007 and never found since then.

The Uspenski Orthodox cathedral
The Uspenski Orthodox cathedral

The Uspenski Orthodox cathedral
The Uspenski Orthodox cathedral

The Uspenski Orthodox cathedral
The Uspenski Orthodox cathedral

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