Sunday, 31 August 2014


Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral (Finnish: Uspenskin katedraali, Swedish: Uspenskij-katedralen, Russian: Успенский собор, Uspenskij sobor) is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki, Finland, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary). Its name comes from the Old Church Slavonic word 'uspenie', which denotes the Dormition.

Designed by the Russian architect Aleksey Gornostayev (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. In 2006, about 516,500 tourists visited the church. Admission to the Cathedral is free of charge. In winter, the Cathedral is closed on Mondays.

This post is part of the Scenic Weekends meme,
and also part of the inSPIREd Sunday meme.


  1. Gorgeous! This is a very familiar sight for me. For years I worked on Katajanokka and went by the Cathedral with the tram several times a day. I saw the inside for the first time several years after that.

  2. WOW! This is beautiful inside and out, thanks for sharing. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  3. Wow! So ornate and beautiful. My Russian background was in very humble churches compared to this...

  4. I was there in May. It is very it from inside, outside, or from viewing it by the harbor. Beautiful shots. Thanks for the memories!

  5. such beautiful skies in the background

  6. O wow. So much to enjoy in this grand building. Stunning design and magnificent interior.

  7. what is not to love, Nick ... what a great find. thanks, for sharing.

    sorry i am late commenting ... i have been away. ( :


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