Riding into Helsinki, Finland you see a skyline of contrasts…a giant Ferris wheel and the Uspenski Cathedral built in 1868. It is the largest Russian Orthodox Church in Western Europe. 

The many canals and inlets had boats, boats, and more boats, docked and sailing among the many islands that make up the city of Helsinki.

Helsinki Cathedral known as Tuomiokirkko is a dramatic  white neoclassical building located on Senate Square plaza featuring a monument to Alexander II. The library is adjacent to the cathedral.


Driving through the city center I took a couple photos for my Finnish friends in th U.P. and the market street that is heated in the winter for shopping comfort!

On to Sibelius Park where there is an amazing stainless steel monument to the great Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. It is constructed with about 600 decorated stainless steel posts!

Last stop was the Church in the Rock which is blasted out of granite and capped with a ceiling made out of copper wire and 180 windows. It was astonishing!