Kauppatori Market Square
Senate Square sits on a site that originally held 17th century buildings and is considered a masterpiece of city design and neo-classical architecture. The government Palace, Cathedral, University building and Library surround the Square, while there are also boutiques and restaurants located here.
The Lutheran Cathedral
The Lutheran Cathedral is located on the northern side of the Square and was built between 1830 and 1852. It is a parish church but major state and University events take place here.
Uspenski Cathedral is located on the far side of the Katajanokka Canal, near the South Harbor, and is dedicated to the Eternal Sleep of the Virgin Mary.
Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)
Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) is located at 3 Lutherinkatu. Carved out of solid rock, this unique building is one of the City’s most popular tourist attractions as well as being a working church. The dome spans 70 feet and is covered on the interior by 15 miles of Finnish copper wire.
National Museum is located at Mannerheimintie 34. It contains archaeological and historical exhibits, as well as an account of the history of Finland and its people.
Mannerheim Museum is situated in the home of the latter Generla Mannerheim, at Kalliolinnantie 14. He became the leader of Finland after the Civil War and is one of the country’s most notable figures. The Museum contains his art treasures and collections.
Sibelius Monument is situated in Sibelius Park on Mechelininkatu. This unusual monument was created over a period of 6 years, by sculptor Eila Hiltunen, using hundreds of steel pipes and was dedicated in 1967 to honor the most famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).
Tapiola (Forest Gods)
Tapiola (Forest Gods) is called the Garden City of Finland. It is situated 5 miles from Helsinki. Designed in the 1950’s, it is considered a model of urban design. This beautiful garden was built on 670 acres of land. It has a large range of housing, from condominiums to single family dwellings. A self-contained community with its own shops, newspapers, clubs, municipal and recreational facilities.
Hvittrask is situated on Lake Hvisttrask in Espoo. It is 19 miles from Helsinki. Set on wooded hillside, it is the former home of the famous Finnish architects, Eliel Saarinen, Armas Lindgren and Herman Gesllius. They are most responsible for creating the national romantic style in Finland.
Porvoo is situated 30 miles east of Helsinki. It is the second oldest town in Finland. It was established by King Magnus Eriksson 1n 1346. The old part of the town is extremely charming with quaint wooden buildings, winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys. Porvoo Cathedral, which was built at the beginning of the 15th century, dominates the old town, but of particular interest is the decorative row of storehouses along the riverside, one of the most photographed tourist spots in Finland.