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The Churches of Helsinki
There's quite a collection of churches in Helsinki... from protestant to catholic and there's even a typical Russian orthodox church.
And, one of the churches really looked weird, industrial-like, standing tall like a brown skyscraper.
I'm fanalona. It was quite an adventure finding Helsinki's most interesting churches...
Of course, the Helsinki Cathedral is the most prominent one and undoubtedly the city's top attraction, but there are some more... and I honestly liked all other churches more than the great white symbol of Helsinki.
The Temppelaukio Church is a church constructed into hard rock, also called "The Church of the Rock" or "The Rock Church"... But this one was too far away and I had little time. The purpose of this trip was business and not vacation.
The Helsinki Cathedral
With a combination of walking and taking two trams, I managed to get near it and then walked straight up to it... had I been a local, I would have found a quicker way to reach it, but hey, I wouldn't have noticed all those other attractions along the road! Like the Buddy Bears exhibition, for instance.
The prominent evanghelical cathedral was built in 1852 and can seat 1,300 people
Due to the heavy rain I had to run for cover from time to time. The Cathedral seemed closed, but I still got to see it from outside.
The Cathedral is the most often-shown landmark of Helsinki
The Russian Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral
The Russian Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral wasn't far away from the "great white church"...
Unfortunately for me - Uspensky was closed, but I managed to immortalize it with my camera.
Dates back to 1862-1868, dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary
To my surprise - the church was a lot smaller in reality than I had imagined.
Bad luck: this was closed too. Apart from that, a small bulldozer was making a lot of noise in the yard...
The red church...
St.John's Church is another Lutheran church. This one has two towers and it's a Gothic church. I liked this one more... Came across it by accident!
Its construction was finished in 1893 and it towers to a height of 74 meters. 2,600 people can find seats inside and it's renowned for its good acoustics.
Because I love gothic buildings, I rejoiced when I saw this Protestant church
Mikael Agricola Church
Looks like a tower in Gotham City
I was actually searching for a tram when my eyes caught this tower.
At first, it looked like a wicked skyscraper, but with no windows. Due to the colour and straight walls, I thought it was some sort of an industrial building.
A massive industrial-looking tower skyrockets to a height of 103 meters. It's the Mikael Agricola Anglican Church.
Mikael Agricola, a clergyman who lived at the beginning of the 1,500's was a prominent figure in Finnish and Swedish Protestant Reformation.
Among his many works, he was the one who translated the New Testament to Finnish language.
The industrial-looking Agricola Church was constructed between 1933-1935.
What was annoying was the rigmarole trying to get back home.
Not even a single tram was coming.
I waited for roughly 45 minutes, then I attempted to walk. It took a long long time until I managed to reach the city center, had a brunch of delicious fish and then headed back to my hotel.
I'd like to mention that this building again added to the Gotham City feel that's quite abundant in Helsinki.
No taxis, no buses, certainly - no metro station was anywhere around.
Transportation in Helsinki is terrible. More about it here.
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