Built with Byzantine and Slavic architecture, the cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. It is a must-see place in Helsinki with its ornate structure. The cathedral rises on the market square, which is Kauppatori in Finnish. It is an important day in Orthodox Christianity. It was made to commemorate the eternal sleep of the Virgin Mary. The word “uspenski” comes from the old Slavic church language “uspenie”, which represents this event.
Uspenski Cathedral and Kauppatori
In the 19th century, the Grand Duchy of Finland was established in the country under the influence of Russia, and the cathedral was also built during this period. The architect of the cathedral is Russian architect Aleksey Gornostayev. The architect prepared the designs for the building, but died before its construction began. Construction began in 1862, and it was opened for worship in 1868 with its consecration. It is one of the most obvious examples of Russian influence in Helsinki. The icon of St. Nicholas, one of the most valuable of the icons in the cathedral, was stolen in 2007 during the opening hours and has not been found yet.
To reach Uspenski Cathedral, which is an interesting holy place with its golden domes and the prominent Russian influence in its architecture, you need to proceed from Senate Square towards the sea. The cathedral is open on weekdays from 09:30 to 16:00. On weekends, it is open between 09:30 and 13:00.
Kauppatori, that is, the market square in front of the cathedral, is one of the most lively spots in the city. There are many cafés and restaurants around the square and fishermen in the middle. These fishermen are open year-round, and you can see a wide variety of seafood at their stalls. It is also the right address to buy souvenirs.