Esplanade Park – Helsinki’s Central Park

The Esplanade © Helsinki Tourism/Marita Haukemaa..

Helsinki’s Esplanade Park – A Place for Promenades Esplanadi Boulevard, Esplanade Park… however it’s called, no visit to Helsinki can be considered complete without a visit to The Esplanade. Without doubt, that this section of Helsinki near the centre of town is a tourist delight. A hundred years ago, and for the hundred years before […]

Helsinki – Finland’s Capital City

Helsinki main square with Tuomiokirkko Lutheran Cathedral

Helsinki, A Fascinating Mixture of Historical and Ultra-Modern: Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has the distinction of being the second northern-most capital city in the world. Although its main attractions and monuments are a stark reminder of its past history, Helsinki today is a very modern city. Although Helsinki has been the capital of Finland […]

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 […]