Helsinki central train station, side entry
Guardians holding night lamps, near the main entry to the Train station
Walking humans, walking shadows, and just life in general. Near the other side entry to the Train station
The Finnish national theatre
During winter, Snow plough's comb the city and empty it of tons of snow build up... they take it out to sites outside of the city were they dump it...
An Ice rink in front of the Valtion Taidemuseo (museum)
An Ice rink in front of the Valtion Taidemuseo (museum), this was take in the evening... note the colour of the museum has changed due to the light
Glogaten street, off Alexander street and on the way to the Helsinki Cathedral
The Dramatic (and beautiful) looking Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral of Helsinki, photo edited (light play)
The church was originally built as a tribute to the Grand Duke, Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia and until the independence of Finland in 1917, it was called St. Nicholas' Church
Built in 1830–1852
Built in neoclassical style. It was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, to form the climax of the whole Senate Square laid out by Engel
For more info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helsinki_Cathedral
Photo edited (tinted), to make the Cathedral even more dramatic
A popular symbol in this world... can also be found on the US dollar
Such excellent architectural work
Photo edited (light play), to make the Cathedral seem "heavenly"
Inside the Catherdral, a lovely big Pipe organ and a nice Chandelier
This has to be one of the more original votive/prayer candle rack's I've seen so far
I liked the "interfering" public transport cables... I also liked the fact that they were on the side of the church so not to ruin the view from the main senate sqaure
A 5 minute walk from the Helsinki Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral and sitting on top of a hill on the Katajanokka peninsula, looking to the Marina on one side and the Harbor on the other side - the Uspenski Cathedral (Eastern Orthodox)
Designed by the Russian architect Alexey Gornostaev (1808–1862), the cathedral was built after his death in 1862–1868
Dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary). Its name comes from the Old Church Slavonic word uspenie, which denotes the Dormition
Me! and for more info on the Uspenski cathedral - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uspenski_Cathedral,_Helsinki
The view from Uspenski Cathedral... the competition! ;)
Anyone for a drive?
Helsinki sits on the Gulf of Finland which is part of the Baltic Sea, parts of the gulf are frozen in winter
The Ice breaker Tavi... that deals with the frozen bits of the gulf
Looking across the Marina and the "parked" boat
The canal have warmer water (well... depends what you call warmer)... so the ice from the gulf breaks down
The tiny Ilmari
These two gentlemen were doing some maintainance to the boat on the left (painting the wood to protect it), and yes they are standing on the sea
The Romeo - photo dedictated to a friend (so you better like it! ;) )
Large yacht with a small "in case of emergency" option?
The Sibelius Monument, dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957). Consists of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together.
Designed by Eila Hiltunen and unveiled on September 7, 1967. A smaller version of the monument is located at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. A work with a similar concept, also designed by Hiltunen, is located at the grounds of the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
Me! under the monument - for more info about the monument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibelius_Monument_(Helsinki) AND http://www.eilahiltunen.net/monument.html
I really liked the how the monument looked from below it
Below the Monument, black and white makes it very dramatic
Below the Monument, Sepia is also good
Face of Jean Sibelius (circa 1910) in cast stainless steel
The church of the Rock (Lutheran), built into the rock (Granite) and has a copper roof, the church was designed by architects and brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and opened in 1969.
The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics. This photo was taken in on the roof of the church which is accessible to walk on, and I'm guessing is a Garden in summer as it had a tree or two there
Two very colourful girls came walking on the church roof carrying these wierd sticks with horses on them... I had to take a photo (with permission)
The old market hall, I really liked the design of the building
Silja line, destination Stockholm
Looking to Helsinki Cathedral, while coming back into Helsinki on board the ferry from Suomenlinna
Sofian Street (Sofiankatu), nice lead up to the Cathedral. Photo taken from Helsinki's main boulevard - Pohjoisesplanadi
The Ateljee cafe on top of Torni Sokos hotel offers some of the best views over Helsinki, its 5 minutes from the central train station (the green headed tower in the top right of photo) and entry is free
I liked the various roof colours, it is said that on a clear day you can see Estonia (Sadly it wasn't such a clear day)
The industrial area
The Helsinki Cathedral as seen from the Ateljee cafe. I thought this photo would be a good way to part with the lovely city of Helsinki... I left the Ateljee cafe, headed back to the train station and caught the bus to the airport and flew back to London.