Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki’s skyline is dominated by the Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral.  It rests on a hilltop overlooking the harbor, city centre and state government buildings.

Completed in 1852, it was named the Church of St. Nicholas, but after Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917 it was known as the Great Church.  When the Lutheran Diocese of Helsinki was established in 1959, the name was changed to Helsinki Cathedral.  Over 70% of Finns belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

I was amazed at the simplicity of the vast interior.  The seating of 1300 worshipers have a clear view of the conservatively decorated altar.  Absent are gaudy gold and silver statues, candle holders and ancient relics.   It was calming and peaceful.

Thought for the DayOur life is frittered away by detail … simplify, simplify.                                                                                                                         Henry David Thoreau

 

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