The Big White Church
Why locals love it
The green domes of this white-walled Evangelical Lutheran Church that towers over Senate Square (Senaatintori) in the centre of town is one of Helsinki’s best known landmarks. It was originally built to honour the Russian Tsar, Nicolas I, and was finished in the early 1850s.
Why you should visit it
These days its primary use is to host posers on its steps. Whether it's a graduation, wedding, student event or parade, this iconic location is often an important feature. It looks beautiful during the day, when the white walls stand out majestically against the bright blue Nordic heavens or lower against the darkened winter skies.
At night its warm lights make it hauntingly romantic no matter the time of the year.