2 Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland

High on a hill in the Katajanokka neighborhood of Helsinki is the stunning Uspenski Cathedral. This Byzantine-Russian church was built in 1868 using bricks from the Bomarsund Fortress after it was destroyed during the Crimean War. The church’s best architectural feature is a dozen gilded onion domes representing the Apostles. They surround the larger central dome symbolizing Christ. Uspenskin Katedraali was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is Western Europe’s largest Orthodox church and is the seat of the Archdiocese of Helsinki.

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Kanavakatu 1, 00160 Helsinki, Finland

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