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On Helsinki Day 40 seals, almost 7 feet tall, were placed in Senate Square to highlight the need to protect the Baltic Sea.

At the end of summer the seals will leave to square and take up residence around the city. In the meantime, they look wonderful in Senate Square…be sure to drop in to take a look if you are in Helsinki.

I think it is an excellent reminder to look after all our seas and oceans.

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The beautiful white church dominates the Helsinki skyline.

Tuomiokirkko was built between 1830 and 1852 as a tribute to Grand Duke Nicholas 1, the Tsar of Russia. It was called St Nicholas church until 1917, when Finland gained its independence.
The church was designed by Carl Engel, but not completed until after his death. He also set out Senate Square and designed several other buildings surrounding the square.

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The building was later altered by Ernst Lohrmann, who added 4 small domes, 2 bell towers and zinc statues of the 12 apostles.

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I think it looks best in the winter surrounded by white.

The interior is very elegant but quite stark.

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Over 350,000 people visit the church every year, making it one of Helsinki most popular tourist sites.

Helsinki cathedral

Helsinki cathedral

helsinki cathedral

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