Friday, September 26, 2008

The Suurkikko Cathedral

The Suurkirkko ("Great Church") Cathedral is easily one of the most recognizable buildings in Helsinki. It's right in a central area with government buildings, the harbor, the outdoor market, and more.

In front is a statue of a Russian tsar from the time Finland was a Grand Duchy of Russia. Memory fails me on which tsar this is.

At the base of the stairs, a university building Mom once worked in.

The view from the top of the Suurkirkko stairs, looking out over the government buildings.

Inside Suurkirkko.

A statue of Lutheranism's founder, Martin Luther. The Lutheran church is the predominant church and the state religion.

The organ.

Pews and candles. Every church we went into had candles burning.

Above the door: the all-seeing eye.

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