Uspenski Cathedral – in Byzantine-Slavonic style I’m told – sits atop a hill overlooking the city and the views from its steps are some of the best in town. The deep red brick façade and spires topped with green copper cupolas are both inviting and aesthetically pleasing.
From the hill can be seen the gargantuan Helsinki Cathedral. Situated in Senate Square in the heart of government and University of Helsinki buildings, Helsinki Cathedral is perhaps the most iconic image of city.
Senate Square itself is not a terribly large space, but often plays home to various art and sculpture exhibits – like the United Buddy Bears.
Ascending the flights of stone steps, I was certain that the interior of this Cathedral would top the last and I was eager to see it. Honestly, I was disappointed. For as grand as the exteriors is, the interior is a complete let-down. There simply was nothing special or unique or even interesting about it; it could have been a simple church anywhere in the world.
That being said, with a lack of high-rises, Helsinki Cathedral remains a prominent fixture in the city’s skyline.