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Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko)
Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko)

Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko)

Senaatintori, Helsinki, 00100

The Basics

Designed by German architect Carl Ludwig Engel, who also laid out the city’s Senate Square, the cathedral features a neoclassical-style façade. The design was later altered by Ernst Lohrmann, who added zinc rooftop statues of the Twelve Apostles and a few more small domes. Inside, there is room for 1,300 worshipers. The church is used regularly for services and weddings. The cathedral is a popular spot on most walking tours of Helsinki.

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Helsinki and Suomenlinna Sightseeing Tour
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My mother and I took this tour with Georg, who was a friendly, knowledgeable and perfect guide given his background! We saw all the highlights of Helsinki and had a good mix of walking and transportation across the city. Georg did a nice job explaining Finnish culture, the significance of the sights, and answering our questions throughout the visit. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see the main attractions in Helsinki but only has a few hours!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The cathedral’s crypt now serves as a café for visitors.

  • The central dome was designed to allow natural light into the cathedral from various angles.

  • In contrast to the exterior, the interior features few ornaments other than an altarpiece flanked by angels.

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How to Get There

Trams 1,2, 3B, and 3T will take you to Senate Square, where the church is located. It’s also an easy walk, and clearly visible, from anywhere in central Helsinki. The cathedral is also included in bus tours of the city, and is a 30-minute drive from the airport.

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When to Get There

The cathedral is open daily, but the souvenir shop and café are open only during the summer, which is high season for tourism in Helsinki. This is also when you can expect the biggest crowds. Weddings and baptisms typically occur on Saturday and Sunday, so the church may be temporarily closed then.

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Ateneum Art Museum

Located in the center of Helsinki, near the cathedral, this art museum boasts an impressive collection of Finnish art, as well as works by other artists, including Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cézanne. Free guided and private tours of the museum are available, and it is typically included as a stop on citywide tours.

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