Visiting Helsinki Cathedral? | 2020 All You Need to Know 🇫🇮
Updated: Aug 13, 2020
General Information ℹ️
Architectural Style: Neoclassical
Architects: Carl Ludvig Engel; later altered by Ernst Lohrmann.
The capacity of seats: 1,300
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A distinctive landmark in the Helsinki cityscape, with its tall, green dome surrounded by four smaller domes, the building is in the neoclassical style.
It was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel as the climax of his Senate Square layout: it is surrounded by other, smaller buildings designed by him.
The church's plan is a Greek cross (a square centre and four equilateral arms), symmetrical in each of the four cardinal directions, with each arm's façade featuring a colonnade and pediment.
Engel originally intended to place a further row of columns on the western end to mark the main entrance opposite the eastern altar, but this was never built.
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Scarce interior but the altar painting, the pulpit and the statue of Martin Luther are lovely - only surpassed by the magnificent organ (phnar).