Tuomiokirkko – Helsinki Cathedral

Tuomiokirko, Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral

Helsinki’s Cathedral Architecture is reminiscent of its time under Russian rule: Tsar Peter of Russia had a well-known impact on St. Petersburg, Russia, the city that bears his name. What is less well-known is the flow-on influence he had on Helsinki. Tsar Peter had been dead for more than a hundred years by the time […]

The Rock Church or Temppeliaukio Kirkko – Helsinki

The Rock Church, Temppeliaukio Kirkko, Helsinki

The Rock Church – an interesting piece of modern architecture: Temppeliaukio Kirkko is more commonly known by its English name The Rock Church or Church in the Rock. It was designed by two architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, who chose a rocky outcrop as the site for their church. The underground Rock Church was […]

The Sibelius Monument – Helsinki

Sibelius Monument, Helsinki, Finland

A Controversial Monument in Honour of Sibelius, Finland’s Famous Composer: One of Helsinki’s famous landmarks is the Sibelius Monument which was built to honour Finland’s national composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Who would have thought that the erection of a monument to honour a famous composer would elicit such heated debate, but apparently the whole of […]