We arrived in Helsinki, Finland on May 31, greeted by perfect weather for walking and exploring; bright and sunny, but cool. On our own, we plotted a route and took off in search of The Lutheran Cathedral of St. Nicholas which was described in the literature as being impressive and dominating the Senate Square area, sounds easy enough... right? We weren't disappointed by the lovely sights and floral abundance that we encountered along the way.
|This church looks impressive and dominating...|
|It is indeed impressive, but it is St. John's church; built to accommodate the overflow from The Lutheran Cathedral of St. Nicholas, it is the largest stone church (seating capacity) in Finland.|
|We stopped for directions and to use the facilities at a Picnic; super clean and ultra modern, |
think of it as Finland's equivalent to McDonald's... real dishes though, no paper or plastic.
|The tulips and Cherry trees were blooming, the public areas were well landscaped and pristine.|
|Helsinki's famed Seal Fountain with the city's symbol: "The Daughter of the Baltic" at Market Square; we're still in search of the Lutheran Cathedral... Martin, where are you?|
|Market Square... the flowers were, literally, prolific!|
|One stop shopping... really, what more could you want?|
|Built on a rock... could this be the church we're looking for?|
|The Helsinki Orthodox Church.|
Our search for Martin continues.
|These "Hop On - Hop Off" buses were plentiful throughout Scandinavia;|
offering one price for a whole day of sightseeing, they are quite popular.
|Could this be The Lutheran Cathedral of St. Nicholas? It's impressive and dominating...|
|The vast interior beautifully displayed large, soaring, domed ceilings and a magnificent pulpit...|
|... and an equally magnificent pipe organ...|
|...as well as a statue of Martin Luther! |
Yes, this is the Lutheran Cathedral;
at long last, we had found Martin.
|Closed pews (incredibly straight-backed, hard, and uncomfortable) to trap heat in the winter.|
|I found this interesting... the prayer time is posted as occurring between 11:45 until 12:20|
but the clock icon shows 11:00. Hmmm.
|Adorable display in the toy store window... it looked like a step back in time.|
|Oh, look... a toy store for me, too!|