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Exploring Helsinki’s Top Churches and Cathedrals

Helsinki Cathedral. Credit: Dušan/Pixabay

Helsinki's churches and cathedrals showcase the city's rich religious heritage and architectural diversity, making them must-visit destinations for travelers and locals alike. The churches are beautiful sites to meditate and stroll around to admire the architectural styles. It's one cultural experience that guests must take time to enjoy. If you're interested in visiting religious sites, admire architecture or photography or visit peaceful sites, keep reading. We've rounded some of the best churches and cathedrals for you.

Helsinki Cathedral (Helsingin tuomiokirkko)

Immerse in the beauty of Helsinki Cathedral that’s part of the Empire-style centre of Helsinki. The Neoclassical church was completed in 1839 and stands at a height of 62 metres. The white cathedral is surrounded by four smaller domes. Moreover, it has zinc statues of the Twelve Apostles at the apexes and corners of the roofline. The interiors are white and sport a minimalistic look.

Uspenski Cathedral (Uspenskin katedraali)

Head to the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe, which dominates the skyline and is easy to spot as one approaches Helsinki from the sea. Designed by Aleksei Gornostajev, the Cathedral features golden cupolas and has a red-brick facade and is one of the clearest symbols of the Russian impact on Finnish history. Moreover, when it comes to the interiors, the vaulting and base of the domes are covered by Byzantine ornaments and icons. 

Kamppi Chapel (Kampin kappeli)

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Kamppi Chapel is a great place to spend some time in peace and quiet. The chapel was designed by Mikko Summanen, Niko Sirola and Kimmo Lintula,  and stands 11.5 metres tall. The chapel’s inner walls feature thick oiled alder planks. Plus, there's natural light that streams from the ceiling. The chapel's warm interiors and its curved wood facade create a sacred space for visitors and welcome everyone regardless of religion, outlook or background. 

St. John's Church (Johanneksenkirkko)

Situated in the Punavuori district, St. John's Church (Johanneksenkirkko), a Lutheran church features a distinctive red-brick facade and impressive neo-Gothic architecture. Designed by Swedish architect Adolf Emil Melander, the church was constructed between 1888 and 1891. Guests will love to admire the ornamental stained glass bow windows, hymn boards and chandeliers. Moreover, the church overlooks a park with lawns, a playground and a sports field that is used for ice skating in wintertime.

Churches and cathedrals form an integral part of Helsinki's cityscape. 

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