Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral
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09:00 - 18:00
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09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 18:00
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09:00 - 18:00
Friday
09:00 - 18:00
Saturday
09:00 - 18:00
Sunday
09:00 - 18:00
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Plan your visit
The area
Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
How to get there
  • Helsingin yliopisto • 4 min walk
  • Rautatientori • 8 min walk
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  • Duane B
    West Des Moines, Iowa23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check it out
    I mainly thought this would be a good photo opportunity. It is a very nice looking church very basic inside though. The weather was prefect and it gave me a good chance to get some good pics. It's easy to find and I think it's worth the trek if looking for a good photo
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • ciscokid23
    Coral Gables, Florida244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Helsinki's Central Landmark
    Dominating the eastern end of the city from its high location, Helsinki's Cathedral is beautiful on a bright, sunny day. It's soothing all-white exterior and classical 19th century lines are a perfect fit for this northern capital (a religious version of Disney's "Frozen") and the masterpiece of urban architect/designer Engel. The austere, sober interior is Calvinist simplicity at its best. The monumental staircase leading from the square below is a perfect venue for people watching as the statue of Russian Czar Alexander II (beloved by Finns for his tolerant attitude toward his Finnish subjects but hated by his Russian nobles back home who assassinated him for freeing the serfs!) gazes over the scene.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • LostInTime
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania20,231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice church
    This church is really big and really white. It used to be the senate and the area in front is called Senate Square. It’s a nice church. Not as elaborate as old Catholic Churches but pretty nice to look at.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Janka K
    Brno, Czech Republic8,174 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best from the outside, volintary entrance fee that is expected to be paid
    Very monumental, the place looks the best from outside and is worth of a picture or two, mostly the symmetrical one. Inside, you can spend few minutes looking around, but unless you want to contemplate spiritually at the place, it's not worth of staying longer. What I had mixed feeling about is voluntary entrance fee at the place. There are two kiosks inside for that and I saw that at the moment when people entered the church, a security guy working at the place approached them, asking if he can help with the kiosks. I felt a bit pressured to pay the entrance fee. I did because I wanted to support the building's maintenance. But then I stayed for few minutes only, looking around and then leaving. So from this perspective, it didn't pay out.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California16,053 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lutheran Cathedral
    We were fortunate to visit the church as an organ recital was underway. I could not see the organist, and the organ is huge sitting above the entrance. The reason this cathedral is low-key in furnishings and glitz, with the enclosed boxes for the parishioners is that it is a Lutheran church. The protestant reformation was all about not being Catholic. The statue of Martin Luther is a distinct giveaway.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • freutmich
    755 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Peaceful Start to the Day
    This isn't the flashiest European church you'll ever visit. Far from it. The interior is exceptionally modest, featuring white walls and a minimum of ornate decoration. But at the same time, I found it exceptionally peaceful. I stopped in a few minutes after it opened on a Monday morning. I had the place to myself for about 10 minutes, but even then, I only saw 2 or 3 other people while inside. I sat for a few minutes to enjoy some quiet contemplation before venturing out to explore busier parts of the city. Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenski Cathedral are the two dominate churches on the Helsinki skyline. Uspenski is far more elaborate, both outside and inside. But if given a choice, I'd choose to spend time at Helsinki Cathedral. It feels far more restful, and at least during the times I visited, it was far less crowded.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 July 2023
  • BigMerk
    Glasgow, United Kingdom2,508 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive cathedral overlooking the harbour
    The cathedral overlooks the market place and harbour. It’s a very impressive looking building outside and you climb a series of stairs to reach the entrance. Inside the cathedral is very impressive too. Well worth a visit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 July 2023
  • T K
    Limerick, Ireland411 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great View
    Admission inside the Cathedral is free but they ask for a 5 euro donation in general but there was no pressure put on us on the day to pay. The inside is quite basic but the size of the church organ there impressed us. The outside and its views gave us plenty of photo opportunities and we were so lucky that the weather on Friday was really nice so it enhanced the scenery for us. The skyline of Helsinki looked great from all angles of the church. We wouldn't be religious at all but we would still recommend a visit here.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Markus
    Helsinki, Finland16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heart of Helsinki
    One of Helsinki's most iconic landmarks, and perhaps Finland's most famous landmark. The neoclassical white cathedral is especially beautiful on a sunny day, and can be seen really far away. The cathedral has been raised up on a large pedestal, in which case the cathedral dominates the streetscape of the citycenter. Inside (and outside), the cathedral strongly represents the evangelical-lutheran style, where the emphasis is on the Bible and sacred texts instead of large mosaics. Very minimalist inside, but in a good way. The church is still very beautiful from inside and outside in my opinion. The church organ is also great. Definitely worth seeing and is a must-visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 August 2023
  • rama1
    Melbourne, Australia1,167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly great cathedral
    The simplicity on the inside complements the grand exterior. Rightly is this building the epitome of helsinki architecture. The are many, many great buildings in the city but this is a standout with its impressive columns and dome. The interior is bland which in no way detracts but highlights the exterior.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Impressive building viewable from practical everywhere in Helsinki. Painted grey to show up against the snow
Free entry. Not very big inside compared to many British cathedrals. Also very plan due to the nature of its religion
Certainly worthy of a visit
Written 17 May 2024
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Al Makynen
Duluth, MN353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a Lutheran cathedral. Maximum light, plain, with the focus on personal worship from your enclosed pew. It is worth experiencing the interior. The granite steps (40+) are formidable but worth the climb. When you come out, look onto the plaza. Also, look out beyond to see the ships in the harbor.
Written 2 May 2024
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Somerset Couple
England, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Beautiful striking cathedral in the square. Unfortunately didn't get a chance to go in, but was still beautiful to see it from the outside.
Written 12 April 2024
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Barbs25
Staffordshire, UK3,572 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
From April it’s chargeable but we just got in to visit in March. Nothing spectacular, very plain as the Lutheran style goes. Totally agree with it as churches are way too decadent for the purpose but still as an atheist I enjoy the arty detail of other churches!
Written 3 April 2024
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,829 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The church was originally built from 1830 to 1852 as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland, Tsar Nicolas I. It was also known as St Nicholas's Church until Finland declared its full independence in 1917.[
Written 29 March 2024
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norgeva
St. Petersburg, Russia1,032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Nothing unusual with the interior here. But this church is perched on a stoop with quite a commanding view of the gulf. There is also a basebament which is accessible.
Written 21 March 2024
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Chan G
Reading, UK249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Stunning inside and out! It's not overwhelmed with design inside which may be shocking to some, but it's so lovely and peaceful.
Written 4 January 2024
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,245 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The story about the place is pretty interesting. First built as a Lutheran facility but the onion domes added during time of Russian control.

Bells too heavy for the tower so they were placed in outbuilding. To preserve symmetry a chapel was constructed on the other side.
Written 27 December 2023
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Adam Jones
Beijing, China190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
In my opinion Helsinki Cathedral is not quite as attractive as Uspenski, but definitely a must visit church if you are in Helsinki. You can see the monument from quite far away, so it dominates the Helsinki skyline. I was surprised by the inside - it really wasn’t decorated much like most cathedrals with mosaics etc. To enter a 5 Euro donation is asked which can only be paid by card.
Written 28 November 2023
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Az & Gabbs Attree
Yealmpton, UK190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Helsinki Cathedral is a beautiful Building both inside and out! It’s full of culture and character and is definitely worth a visit.
Written 9 November 2023
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