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Sights of Helsinki

Helsinki is an attractive place for tourists due to plenty of unique historical and architectural monuments. Such Helsinki sights as Uspensky Cathedral, Old Church, Sibelius Monument and others help the guests to get closely acquainted with original Finnish culture. The Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and the Presidential Palace tells are connected the history of the country. The Burgher's House and Sederholm House are the excellent examples of private buldings. The majority of Helsinki's sights are located within a walking distance of the city center.


Burgher's House
The Burgher's House is the oldest wooden building standing in its original place in inner-city Helsinki. The house with the yard was built in 1818 for Kristina Wort, a seaman's widow. At that time the building had a hipped roof and was painted with red ochre.

Esplanadi Park
Esplanadi Park, one of the most favorite places for rest and walk among the inhabitants and guests of Helsinki, was planned in 1820-s to the design by architect Carl Ludwig Engel. The central alley of the park is planted with old limes.

Finlandia Hall
The Finlandia Hall is located in the center of Helsinki, not far from the Parliament, on the bank of Toolonlahtie Bay. The hall is meant for political events and concerts. The Finlandia Hall was built to the project of famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

Havis Amanda
The Havis Amanda Fountain with a bronze statue of the naked nymph is located at Kauppatori (Market) Square. The fountain and the statue were created in 1908 by Ville Vallgren, Finnish sculptor, who lived in Paris.

Helsinki Cathedral
The Lutheran Cathedral, located on the north side of Helsinki, dominates the Cathedral Square. The cathedral was originally built in 1830-1852 to replace an earlier church from 1727. The church was designed by Carl Engel as Greek cruciform in shape.

Helsinki University
The main building of the Helsinki University is situated in front of the State Council, at the western side of Senate Square. The building in Empire style was constructed in 1832 under Engel's project. Its facade is decorated with ionic columns.

Mannerheim Monument
The monument to Marshal Mannerheim is placed in Mannerheimintie Avenue, in the very center of Helsinki. Carl Gustav Mannerheim, marshal and the first president of Finland, was an outstanding political and military figure of the country.

Old Church
The Old Church is the oldest existing church in Helsinki. It was designed by Carl Ludwig Engel and intended to be temporary, until the new city's cathedral was completed. After 30 years the Old Church remained undestroyed and became a place of interest in Helsinki.

Presidential Palace
The Presidential Palace is located in the center of Helsinki, on Kauppatori Square (Market Square). This magnificent building in Classicism style is decorated with three arches, the gallery and attic. There is the monument to Emperor Alexander II in front of the palace.

Sederholm House
The house of merchant Johan Sederholm is the oldest building in Helsinki city centre. The stone house, built in 1757, was in its time the most impressive private home in Helsinki. It was probably designed by the German-born master builder Samuel Berner.

Senate Square
Senate Square is the central square of Helsinki, a real heart of the city. The architectural ensemble of Senate Square was created by Carl Ludvig Engel. Senate Square with its surroundings forms one of the best European ensembles in neoclassical style.

Sibelius Monument
The Sibelius Monument dedicated to Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), the famous Finnish composer is located at the Sibelius Park (Sibeliuspuisto) in the district of T??l? in Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world.

Sofiankatu Street
One of the oldest streets in Helsinki, Sofiankatu, is located in the very center of Helsinki as a real open-air museum. This ancient street, fully reconstructed to the 450-th anniversary of Helsinki, presents the history of street development and street lighting in Helsinki.

Suomenlinna Sveaborg
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress was built over 250 years ago and soon gained a population of 4600, larger than the population of Helsinki at the time. Its construction began in 1748. The fortress was originally called Sveaborg - literally, Sweden's Fortress.

Temppeliaukio Church
The Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church is located in Toolo district, at the intersection of Fredrikinkatu and Lutherinkatu streets. This unique church is also often called "church in rock" for it is quarried out of natural bedrock.

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral
The Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral is the largest functioning Orthodox venue in Western Europe. The impressive building in Byzantine style made of red-brick is crowned with the golden domes. The interior features numerous valuable icons.

Winter Garden
The Winter Garden has been a popular recreational meeting place for the residents of Helsinki for more than a century. The Winter Garden in Helsinki features a variety of plants including the most exotic ones including island pines, camellia trees and others.


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