Our first stop in Helsinki after disembarking from the Viking Line Cruise was Uspenski Cathedral – one of the clearest symbols of the Russian impact on Finnish history. Designed by the Russian architect Alexey Gornostaev (1808–1862), the Uspenski cathedral was built in the Katajanokka district of Helsinki after his death in 1862–1868. It is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe.
The exterior of the cathedral is striking with its deep-red brick walls and green-and-gold onion domes. There are a total of 13 domes, representing Christ and the 12 apostles.
Inside, the cathedral houses a rich display of icons and other typical Orthodox decorations, including an impressive array of chandeliers hanging from the vaulted ceiling. One of the icons is believed to work miracles.
According to our local tour guide who has called Helsinki her home for decades, the best place to take a stunning photo of the Uspenski Cathedral is from the plot of grass by the side of the cathedral. Do you think the photo below looks wonderful because I heeded her advice? 😛