Uspenski Cathedral (Finnish: Uspenskin katedraali, Swedish: Uspenskij-katedralen, Russian: Успенский собор) is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki, Finland, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary). Its name comes from the Russian word uspenie, which denotes the Dormition. Designed by the Russian architect Alexey Gornostaev (1808-1862), the cathedral was built after his death in 1862-1868.
The crypt chapel of the cathedral is named after the holy Alexander Hotovitzky, who served as vicar of the Orthodox parish of Helsinki 1914-1917.
The Cathedral is set upon a hillside on the Katajanokka peninsula overlooking the city. On the back of the cathedral, there is a plaque commemorating Russian Emperor Alexander II, who was the sovereign of the Grand Duchy of Finland during the cathedral's construction. Main cathedral of the Finnish Orthodox Church in the diocese of Helsinki, Uspenski Cathedral is claimed to be the largest orthodox church in Western Europe, although Finland is normally included into Northern Europe.
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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ymrk (15079) 2009-04-20 1:03
Hello Dear George!
Beautiful architectural details and perfect sharpen in this photo!Attractive symmetry of photo!
Have a best photo!
phwall (6785) 2009-04-20 1:06
You do justice to this beautiful Cathedral, your photograph is spectacular.
The exposure and quality of this image are exemplary, superb capture.
ophelcia (0) 2009-04-20 1:11
It's enormously difficult to get to the cathedral when there are no people;)
Great capture, the golden interior shines as it should be;)
besnard (56569) 2009-04-20 1:13
Un superbe cliché de cette riche architecture. C'est de l'excellent travail.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
dta (79050) 2009-04-20 1:19
Hello George ,
Excellent presentation of this inside architecture . A very good light , to admire all the details .
Really interesting .
serp2000 (44560) 2009-04-20 1:21
Good morning, George,
The Orthodox church remainds me the catholic churchs. So many gold, so rich and colourful cover. Excellent shot! Good exposure! TFS!
Have a nice week!
Gerrit (52097) 2009-04-20 1:37
I thought Finland was Lutheran but I guess the Russians have build this church.
Wonderful interior and a fine composittion.
COSTANTINO (66166) 2009-04-20 1:53
Good morning George
No comments for this marvellous photo today..
thanks for sharing with us this perfect photo and your useful notes,the cathedral is one of the more best I have ever seen,excellent quality of this shot,well done and well seen
regards and compliments
vasilpro (41527) 2009-04-20 1:54
Very nice interior of a Orthodox Church, very good details and light, a fine composition.
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
azaf1 (15929) 2009-04-20 2:14
Good morning George
The great POV and the gold tones are really fantastic. Excellent details and good framing give a superb impression
Tue (38652) 2009-04-20 2:23
Superb photo of the interior of the cathedral. The light management is excellent and the golden parts are very beautiful. The good sharpness allows us to enjoy the many fine details very nicely. Thanks for sharing!
dareco (17134) 2009-04-20 2:27
Fantastic photo!!! Superb detail, excellent composition. This is a real winner! TFS
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-04-20 2:40
I like the decentring of the photograph and the precise description of this so worked interior decoration. The light is excellent and clearness is perfect. A superb work. Cheer.
Have a nice day
Jonathan_Tree (0) 2009-04-20 2:51
Wonderful interior. Nice light and bright, good colors, very good sharp. Interesting info.
carper (96) 2009-04-20 3:10
very nice photo of this interior
fine composition, good details a pleasure to look at, fine photo job here, well done, have a nice day.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-04-20 3:48
The details of this great church are amazing and you have presented it nicely. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail.
snunney (100656) 2009-04-20 3:56
A fine presentation of this spectacular interior. The composition is well framed and the detail beautifully captured. Well done.
npecanhuk (75592) 2009-04-20 5:03
Wonderful interior picture, with great sharpness, colors, exposure, viewpoint and composition!
Excellent idea and outstanding photo job!
TFS - Congratulations!
jjcordier (79297) 2009-04-20 7:17
Belle photo de l'intérieur de cette cathédrale aux magnifiques ornements. Avec le petit IXUS en plus....impressionnant.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-04-20 9:57
Hello George! Ideal light and contrast, very good sharpness. Interesting place. Perfect capture. Nice frame. Well done!
TopGeo (38216) 2009-04-20 10:26
Hello George!Beautiful architectural details and wonderful sharpen in this photo A very good light,this beautiful Cathedral,with all the details excellent work well done
Buin (42466) 2009-04-20 10:26
What a breathtaking sight! Thanks to the high quality of this photo one can detect a lot of beautiful and fascinating details here. A contribution truly in terms of TrekEarth!
Greetings from sunny and warm Germany!
Romatou (0) 2009-04-20 10:34
A super detailed document , and a piece of art . You achieved here a super job , all this
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-04-20 10:38
Superb sharpness here.
I like this indoor image, beautiful result,
Have a nice day,
bobocortis (16026) 2009-04-20 11:09
Nicely enlighten, this colorful interior of a church is marvellous.
I like the high sharpness and the well-placed lamp.
Scharan (14144) 2009-04-20 14:32
Linda, linda esta imagem.
Foto com detalhes exuberantes e belos.
Cores e contraste excelentes.
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2009-04-20 23:41
Wonderful interior. Beautiful picture with a good POV and composition.
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-04-21 4:47
The work that goes into these cathedrals is just unimaginable to me, that you have captured it so well to show us the detail and colors of the work is magnificent. I would not normally think of any Scandinavian country as so closely related to Russia but this surely shows the influence, great work, great capture.
ktanska (28022) 2009-04-21 5:08
Fascinating inside view of this cathedral. Natural light gives even illumination with excellent white balance. Details are rich and orthodox style is refreshingly different.
paura (47186) 2009-04-21 6:29
Excellent photo composition here, friend. Details are vivid and are very interesting. Lighting /colors are also very nice.
mesutilgim (95498) 2009-04-22 1:58
Hi dear George,
I notice that I've misses some of your wonderfull entries.
This one ist my favorite ! A typical orthodox cathedral with a wonderfull ikonostasis.
Quite unusual sequence of ikonas; at bottom the 4 archangels and at top the 4 bible writers.
Very nice pov with the wonderfull chandellier slightly excentered. Nice light and good usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-04-23 0:43
Wonderful view of the Uspenski Cathedral
Excellent colours and quality. Very well framed and done
Have a nice day
aadilj (18102) 2009-04-23 1:25
Poetry indeed. No other word can describe this splendid shot George and a what a pity I missed it earlier. The internal lights, those hues and ambient textures have all been composed so well
mauro61 (52857) 2009-04-23 2:02
splendida immagine dell'interno della cattedrale e ottima inquadratura con l'inclusione del grande lampadario.
ottimo il cromatismo.
JCG (35129) 2009-04-23 10:10
Not obvious to manage these interior lights, here it is superbly fact what enables us to appreciate each detail of this beautiful architecture and the smoothness of paintings. I like much your framing which used the gloss well without hiding the remainder of the image. Well done George and thank you for the interesting comment.
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
bostankorkulugu (42440) 2009-04-23 15:43
this is a beautiful interiors shot george, with a very good light management... only a priest is missing... cheers buddy... korkut
Graal (103028) 2009-04-27 23:35
Jó napot George,
beautiful interior of cathedral. Amazing old details and accents. Good composition. I like it.
chrkont (4005) 2009-05-04 22:50
Very good framing the interior of this church, with great details. The atmosphere reminds me the churches of my country, except the second layer of icons.
TFS - Greeting from Greece
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-17
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Helsinki, Beautiful church interiors from Europe [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-20 1:01