Helsinki Cathedral (in Finnish Helsingin tuomiokirkko or Suurkirkko, in Swedish Helsingfors domkyrka or Storkyrkan) is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki, located in the centre of Helsinki, Finland. The church was originally built as a tribute to the Grand Duke, Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia and until the independence of Finland in 1917, it was called St. Nicholas' Church.
A distinct landmark in the scenery of central Helsinki, with a tall green dome surrounded by four smaller domes, the church was built in 1830-1852, in neoclassical style. It was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, to form the climax of the whole Senate Square laid out by Engel, surrounded by a number of buildings all designed by him. The building has a Greek-cross plan (i.e. a square central mass and four arms of equal length), and is symmetrical in each of the four cardinal directions, each marked by a colonnade and pediment. Engel had intended to place a further row of columns on the west end to mark the main entrance (opposite the altar at the east end), but this was never realised. The building was later altered by his successor Ernst Lohrmann, whose four small domes make the architectural connection to the cathedral's model, Saint Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, even clearer. Lohrmann also erected two separately standing bell towers and zinc statues of the Twelve Apostles at apexes and corners of the roofline.
Helsinki, the capital of the Republic of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea. In 2000 Helsinki was an official European City of Culture while celebrating its 450th anniversary. Helsinki together with the neighbouring cities of Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa forms the Helsinki metropolitan area with more than a million inhabitants.
Capital where Eastern and Western cultures meet
Helsinki is unique among Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West. The archipelago that surrounds Helsinki with hundreds of tiny islands creates an idyllic environment for cruises, for example.
Over 450 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods can be clearly seen in Helsinki. Finnish design has also made the country’s capital city world famous. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. The city centre has many beautiful parks, and the nearby forests offer an ideal setting for peaceful and quiet walks.(Source: Helsinki.fi & wikipedia)
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-04-08 0:52
Hello George! Wonderful perspective, excellent composition. Fantastic stairs, marvelous architecture, nice scene. Good colours. Original effect. Well done!
ChrisJ (109566) 2009-04-08 0:58
Good sharpness & upward pov on the white building superbly placed against the blue sky bg. The people add scale. Tfs!
aadilj (18102) 2009-04-08 0:58
Hi George, this is superb and so soothing. the white and the lights compliment each other so well. I like the perspective and the way you have composed the shot
lousat (87186) 2009-04-08 1:23
Waaw George! What a "georgeus" point of view! It's a fantastic pic,a very great perspective taken in very intelligent way whit a perfect light and great details and colors!!Siply a beautiful work,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano
ktanska (26809) 2009-04-08 1:25
The church shown so many times. But your angle gives good attention to the stairs, that on sunny weather always gather people having a break, chatting and such. Near the government it is often a place for various demonstration too.
dip (23888) 2009-04-08 2:42
beautiful architectural image,interesting point of view and amazing light/shadow management in spite of the difficult white color,
very well done!
serp2000 (43108) 2009-04-08 2:53
Did you lay here before shot? Excellent POV! Superb colours and fine details! Good presentantion of Hesinki. TFS!
besnard (55842) 2009-04-08 2:59
Une bonne prise en contre-plongée de cette cathédrale que j'ai proposée une fois sur TE. Tu me rappelles de bons souvenirs de vacances.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
John_F_Kennedy (43625) 2009-04-08 3:17
The architecture adds a lot of charm here. Very interesting framing and composition. Well done.
npecanhuk (73492) 2009-04-08 3:48
The low pov was a great idea in here! The composition, though simple, is pretty effective! Sharpness is excellent, exposure is ocrrect, colors are natural and very nice! It was a pretty sunny day and I like seeing people enjoying the moment in front of the Cathedral! TFS - Congratulations!
snunney (94919) 2009-04-08 4:00
A fine upwards point of view on this beautiful neoclassical cathedral with its sparkling white walls. The blue sky makes a fine backdrop for the architecture whilst the visitors contribute much to the atmosphere. Very good clarity.
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-04-08 4:31
George, this is a bit of a different shot for you but I think I really like it. It has life in it and the color and detail are really superb. What I find different is the steep look up angle which keystones the structure. The vertical you chose loks right to me and overall I think this is a great capture.
Gerrit (51914) 2009-04-08 4:49
wonderful neo-classistic building and a very lively summer view with all those people on the stairs.
Great POV and colors.
jjcordier (79295) 2009-04-08 5:24
Très beau POV avec une composition agrémentée par ces escaliers en premier plan. Le blanc du bâtiment est superbe sur ce fond de ciel bleu limpide.
Zolive (5935) 2009-04-08 6:03
wonderful picture. The white building into the blue sky is great. Well done.
carper (96) 2009-04-08 7:57
very nice one here George,
nice one, good contrast fine balance, nice details a very good photo job here.
dareco (17134) 2009-04-08 8:38
I was really hoping you would post a picture of these beautiful church that I love. Excellent angle! and detail. I remember this well. TFS
amazon (12112) 2009-04-08 9:54
perfect low pov,
i like live colours and architecture...
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-04-08 10:17
A magnificent architecture and nice composition. Nice atmosphere and beautiful light,
ymrk (15051) 2009-04-08 10:49
Fantastic photolook,dear best!Very well architectural details,and sharpness!
Have a nice weeks,
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-04-08 11:36
Amazing contrasts and colors here !
Result is superb, great job,
Have a nice day,
xavshot (69835) 2009-04-08 11:37
très belle lumière. J'aime beaucoup comment cette architecture ressort. Belle balance des blancs.
vasilpro (41215) 2009-04-08 11:53
I like the POV, nice composition, nice contrast blue and white, beautiful architecture.
bostankorkulugu (42324) 2009-04-08 22:33
this cathedral looks more like it belongs to washington DC rather than helsinki somehow... a beautiful structure though combining the greek and russian architectural features... nica shot of it also george... cheers... korkut
azaf1 (15929) 2009-04-09 1:50
Good morning dear George
This is really impressive. This uoward angle has created a really great impression of the beautiful cathedral. Excellent light beautiful colors and sharp details with the people adding a nice touch to it.
Have a good day and TFS
mesutilgim (92384) 2009-04-09 4:39
Didn't have any idea about the sacral architecture of Finland uo to now. Seems to be a combination of greek classic and north european architecture.
Good pov and very nice colors. Good compo with good and usefull info's.
TFS and best regards
TopGeo (38216) 2009-04-09 7:03
Hello George! Wonderful perspective look with steps of church shown so many levels, excellent composition with this architecture adds a lot of charm. Fantastic sky, marvelous nice details a very good photo job nice scene. Good colours and motive the peoples give a great original effect.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-04-09 8:13
Beautiful picture of this wonderful Cathedral. Excellent POV and colours.
Have a nice Easter
rey316 (24) 2009-04-09 9:08
Yes, this church is beautiful in all perspectives.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-04-09 10:39
This is a well composed shot of the Finnish capitol. The deep blue sky provides nice contrast for the bright white building. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail. The upward view was well chosen showing the capitol building towering over the people.
JCG (35129) 2009-04-14 8:10
Superb management of light here which gives a great contrast between the stone of the cathedral and the blue sky. I love this perspective that gives much relief to the image. A good and interesting photograph, thank you George.
With all my friendships and a very good evening
macjake (64714) 2009-09-30 23:11
Hi again George
i'm a big fan of architecture photos.
You've captured the bright blue sky against the ivory white. there is even hints of green and gold
great colours, and love the angle / point of view you've chosen
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral, Discovery of Helsinki [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-08 0:48