architecture, Finland, traveling

Helsinki Harbour Area.

The first pictures here were taken from the deck of a cruise boat to Stockholm. If you missed the posts, you may find them here.

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Another, smaller boat on its way to some small (but yet so touristic!) island in the coast of Finland.

The white building behind is called the Helsinki Cathedral representing a Finnish Evangelical Lutheran church in its all glory. It was built in neoclassical style by the architect Carl Ludvig Engel from the year 1830 to early 1850’s. Nowadays the cathedral has become one of the most distinctive symbols of Helsinki city; you may find it representing our city from postcards to cartoons.

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The red brick church below is located quite near to the Helsinki Cathedral – you are able to see them both on the same . The building is Uspensky Cathedral of the Eastern Ortodox Christian sort. It was built almost a decade after the Helsinki Cathedral; in the 1860’s after the death of its designer, architect Aleksey Gornostayev.

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Another set of stunning historical buildings, located in the small islands nearby the harbour.

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Below a picture of the old market hall in Helsinki – opened in 1889 and still serving locals as well as tourists. It was designed by a Finnish architect and professor Gustav Nyström.

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The female nude statue is officially called Havis Amanda though everyone pretty much knows her as Haaviston Manta or just simply Manta. It was sculpted in1906 by Finnish artist Ville Vallgren originally in Paris, surprisingly!

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Below one of the most beautiful cafes in Helsinki, located in the petite (but famous) boulevard.

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More perspectives on the matter.

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Usually there’s a bird sitting (and pooping) on top of this statue.

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At least the centre city of Helsinki is filled with beautiful old buildings.

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Another statue of a big boss in front of the Swedish theatre.

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This is the place where this post (as well as most of the travels in the actual life as well) will end: Central Railway Station! I hope you enjoyed the ride and will join me also next time.

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The “Stone Men” (officially known in Finnish as Lyhdynkantajat, “carriers of the lanterns”) will light your way… hopefully deep into this blog’s archives!

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A close-up to the guys.

Designed by the sculptor Emil Wikström and finished in 1914, these statues have gotten an iconic role in the life and advertisement of the Finnish national railway system, VR.

More on the cruise series next time!

Yours,

Miah

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