Finland’s capital is such a pretty city – especially with a dusting of snow in winter – and its varied architecture impressed me no end. One of the loveliest buildings is the Uspenski Cathedral – apparently it’s the largest orthodox church in western Europe and is a clear reminder of how close Russia is and the influence Russia has had on Finnish history.
You won’t miss it as you’re strolling around Helsinki, and it’s free to enter (but closed on Mondays in winter). The history of the place is that it is based on an older church near Moscow, but the Uspenski Cathedral was built in the nineteenth century, being finished in 1868. Going inside is like visiting a little piece of Russia. And from its hilly position, you can get a great view over parts of Helsinki, too.
More Helsinki Tips
There are more tips in our What to do in Helsinki post.