Many travellers have compared Helsinki to the beautiful Russian
city of St Petersburg (a close neighbour across a short strait of
water), and the exotic red-brick Orthodox cathedral Uspenski,
designed by Aleksei Gornostayev of St Petersburg in the late 1800s,
cements the Russian connection. The cathedral sits atop a rocky
outcrop on the Katajanokka peninsula opposite the fish market,
fronted by a statue of Tsar Alexander II, as a memento of Russia's
occupation of Finland until 1919. The magnificent Byzantine edifice
is topped with a characteristic golden onion dome, and the interior
is opulently decorated with valuable icons.
Address: Unioninkatu 39 A 19, Katajanokka Telephone: (0)9 634 267 Transportation: Tram 4 Opening Time: Monday to Friday 9:30am-4pm (closed on Mondays from
October to April); Saturday 9:30am-2pm; Sunday
12pm-3pm. Admission: Free
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