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The Helsinki Cathedral is one of the main tourist attraction in Helsinki with over 350,000 visitors yearly. It for sure can be considered as the icon of Helsinki( don’t believe me? Search for ‘Helsinki’ in Google image search and at least 10 out of 10 images are going to be of it). The church was originally built (1830 -54) as a tribute to the Grand Duke, Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia and until the independence of Finland in 1917.

 

It was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, to form the climax of the whole Senate Square laid out by Engel, surrounded by a number of buildings all designed by him. The Senate Square is located at the heart of Helsinki and its architecture presents a unique allegory of political, religious, scientific and commercial powers in the centre of Helsinki, Finland.┬áToday, the Senate Square is one of the main tourist attractions of Helsinki. Various art happenings, ranging from concerts to snow buildings to controversial snow board happenings, have been set up on the Senate Square. Also at the Senate Square is a statue of Emperor Alexander II(shown below), who was the Emperor of the Russian Empire from 3 March 1855 until 1881. The statue was built in 1894 to commemorate his re-establishment the Diet of Finland in 1863, as well as his initiation of several reforms that increased Finland’s autonomy from Russia.

 

So there you have it. A little bit of info about Helsinki and a history lesson. I am not telling you to see this place if you ever come to Helsinki, because there is no way that you won’t see it.

 

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This is an abstract monument erected in Helsinki for the honor of national composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). It has been one of landmarks and tourists must-definitely-see site in Helsinki. But what it represents is for you to choose.

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