The capital of Finland, Helsinki, has two cathedrals, something that has to do with the different faiths of its population and above all with the history of the country.
In this sense we must understand the presence of this cathedral of the Orthodox religion in the Finnish capital, since we must bear in mind that this country on the banks of theB altic Sea was under Russian rule for almost the entire 19th century and that rule did not end until the early 20th century, when they became independent after the triumph of the Russian Revolution, the fall of the czars and the establishment of the soviet regime.
Helsinki Orthodox Cathedral
As a result of that long presence is this great temple, which is currently the largest church of Orthodox worship in all of Western Europe.
Specifically, the work was erected under the auspices of Tsar Alexander II and was the work of the Russian architect Alexey Gornostaev, who really didn't he saw it finished, since it was precisely after his death in 1862 that work began, which lasted 6 years, until 1868, when it was finished.
The name by which it is known is Uspenski Cathedral (to sleep in the Finnish language) since its invocation is that of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.
Really, the building is artistically very interesting, since it poses a fusion of influencesreally attractive, because while the facade has a lot to do with Slavic architecture, inside we find a temple of Byzantine inspiration, something quite usual in temples of this religion for centuries, as is the case of the Church of Saint Basil in Moscow.
Continuing the comparison of the famous Moscow temple, also the Uspensky Cathedral is very colorful. Although not so much. Although it is a characteristic that makes it completely different from the other great cathedral in the city, of the Lutheran religion that is completely white. However, here the red tone of the bricks with which it was built stands out, which also contrast much more with the greenish roofs and the golden details that culminate each of its turrets and domes.
Specifically, those golden elements are the bulbous domes so popular in Russian and Slavic architecture, and here if we count them there are 13 and they represent Jesus and the Apostles.
All this regarding the exterior, since inside you can see the usual icons of the Orthodox religion, and of course the large hanging chandeliers.