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Helsinki Cathedral

Unionsgatan 29, Helsingfors, Finland

webhelsinginkirkot.fi phone+358 9 23406120

With its tall, green dome surrounded by four smaller domes, the Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko in Finnish) is a dominant building in Senate square and the icon of Helsinki. It is the Evangelic Lutheran church, designed by architect Carl Ludwig Engel in the 19th century and completed in 1852. The neoclassical style of the Cathedral reflects the glory of ancient Greece and Rome. The interior is rather simple in comparison with impressive exterior but is nevertheless attractive. There are 1300 seats. The best part of the interior is the melancholically atmospheric crypt, now used as a café.

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Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church

Lutherinkatu 3, Helsinki, Finland

webhelsinginkirkot.fi phone+358 9 2340 6320

Temppeliaukio (in finnish Temppeliaukion kirkkounusual) is a modern Lutheran church carved in the rock in Töölö neighborhood of Helsinki. The interior walls are created naturally by the rock and the church is popular venue for concerts due to its excellent acoustics. The church was designed by architects and brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and opened in 1969. It is also known as the Church of the Rock. The church is considered a unique example of architectural expressionism. It is a target of many tourists, half a million people visit it annually.

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Kamppi Chapel

Simonsgatan 7, 00100 Helsingfors, Finland

webhelsinginkirkot.fi phone+358 9 2340 2018

Located on the Narinkka Square at the entrance of the Kamppi shopping center, the Lutheral Kamppi chapel is a place where people can have a moment of silence and meet each other. It offers an opportunity to calm down in the middle of one of the busiest area in Finland. The chapel was constructed as a part of the World Design Capital program in 2012. It was designed by architects Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen of K2S Architects Ltd., and won the International Architecture Awards in 2010. CNN called the building an architectural landmark and said: "The chapel demonstrates how contemporary architecture at its best can fascinate and inspire." Open hours: Mon-Fri 8am–8pm, Sat-Sun 10am–6pm.

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Kotiharjun Sauna Oy

Harjutorinkatu 1, 00500 Helsinki

webkotiharjunsauna.fi phone+358 9 7531535

To visit a sauna is a must when you go to Helsinki. Kotiharju Sauna is a place for traditional sauna experience. It was built in 1928 and renovated in 1999. Here you can meet tourists from whole world but also locals, all naked and in peace. You can cool yourself in the street (have a towel for that :-) ). Sauna is separate for men and women, the men's room is quite large, almost like a small theatre. You can enjoy the wooden smell inside, and the possibility to chat with locals, very friendly and social people. Opening hours: Tue–Fri 2-8 pm, Sat 1-7 pm. No need to have a reservatione. Towels and non-alcoholic drink available. The entrance fee: 15 Euro.

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Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress

Suomenlinna C1, Helsinki, Finland

websuomenlinna.fi phone+358 295 338 410

Suomenlinna (in Finnish - Viapori, in Swedish - Sveaborg) is one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world. It was built in 1758 by Sweden on a group of islands located at the entrance of Helsinki´s harbour (Kustaanmiekka, Susisaari, Iso-Mustasaari, Pikku-Mustasaari, Länsi-Mustasaari and Långören). It was included in Unesco’s World Heritage list in 1991 as a unique example of European military architecture of that time. The fortress has a selection of restaurants and cafés. The Visitor information Centre is located in the heart of the fortress at Tykistölahti bay and there is the point for starting of the walking tour. In summer there are daily guided tours in English, Swedish and Finnish. In the winter there are tours in English just during the weekends.

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Sibelius Monument

Sibeliuksen puisto, Mechelininkatu, Helsinki, Finland

webeilahiltunen.net phone+358 9 31087041

Located at the Sibelius Park in the district of Töölö in Helsinki, the Sibelius Monument was designed by the Finnish sculptor Eila Hiltunen (1922-2003), unveiled in 1967 and is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957). The weight is 24 tonnes and measures 8,5x10.5x6,5 metres. A smaller version of this monument is located at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. A similar sculpture, also designed by Hiltunen, is located at the grounds of the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

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