The 5 best places to visit in Helsinki

Erected in 2014 down by the harbour is the 8 metre (26 ft) tall urinating boy statue, known as Bad Bad Boy, Helsinki's answer to the world renowned Manneken Pis in Brussels. With its surprised and embarrassed expression the statue apparently commemorates sneaky pee's. Having been moved near to the ferry terminal he no longer urinates into the harbour.

5. Bad Bad Boy

 

Constructed in 1748 AD to protect against Russian expansion is the Suomenlinna, meaning Castle Of Finland, an inhabited sea fortress that spans across six islands just off the capital's coast. Created in a star fort style found elsewhere in Scandinavia, adapted to cover a group of rocky islands, Suomenlinna has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. Suomenlinna

 

Completed in 1969 is the unique Church Of The Rock, so named as it was excavated directly from solid rock. With a capacity to hold 750 people, an unusual copper domed roof and untouched rock walls, the Rock Church has become one of the cities most visited attractions.

3. Temppeliaukio Kirkko

 

Completed in 1868 AD, commemorating the Russian Emperor Alexander II, the sovereign of the Grand Duchy Of Finland at the time of its construction, is the Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. With its Russian architectural styling and red brickwork facade, the cathedral has become one of the most iconic landmarks of the Helsinki skyline.

2. Uspenskin Katedraali

 

Completed in 1852 AD as a tribute to the Grand Duke Of Finland, Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, is the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral of Helsinki, undoubtedly the most dominating landmark in the Finnish capital. Made from white marble with a large green dome, its position in the heart of Helsinki has made it the most visited and most symbolic structure of the city.

1. Helsingin Tuomionkirkko, Suurkirkko

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