The Big White Church

Tuomiokirkko (Cathedral)

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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.

Special tip

At night its warm lights make it hauntingly romantic no matter the time of the year.

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3 Comments

Tuomiokirkko (or Suurkirkko) is one of the most popular tourist attractions. It's a big, white and very historical, beautiful church. If you're lucky you could spot a wedding there. It's very Popular church for weddings. The waiting list for a summer wedding ( or other popular dates) is long, you would have to reserve the church more than one year before the actual wedding day. Many famous Finnish people have been married here i.e. ice hockey player Mikael Granlund. Tuomiokirkko is open daily (but you should check the opening hours before hand). Many concerts are held in Tuomiokirkko especially in Christmas time.
Susan
Local
October 15, 2019
Huge! Massive! Impressive!
Janne
Traveller
August 11, 2017
Breath-takingly awesome.
Rob
Traveller
August 26, 2016

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