jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 105 [14 May 09] – Helsinki

Posted in Helsinki by jn82 on May 14, 2009

The ferry got to Helsinki around 10am this morning. The overnight ride was not fantastic, and I woke up a couple of times in the middle of the night probably because the ship hit something or hit the brakes a little too hard. Once on shore, we made our way to the hostel which was around 1.5km away, dropped our bags, and then headed out to the city.

Unsure of where really to go, we went around the kauppatori (market square) and up to Senate Square to see Uspenski Cathedral on Katajanokka island. It was the first glimpse of Russian architecture I have seen so far, which is appropriate given Helsinki’s proximity to St. Petersburg.

Uspenski Cathedral.

The landmark Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran Cathedral).

Market area.

Oldest building in Helsinki.

Once we were done with walking around this partof the city, we took a bus to the Sibelius Monument. According to Wikipedia:  “The world-famous composer Jean Sibelius’ monument was designed by sculptress Eila Hiltunen and unveiled in 1967. It is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Helsinki as nearly every guided tourist tour is brought to Sibelius Park to marvel at this unique work of art resembling organ pipes, welded together from 600 pipes and weighing over 24 metric tons.”

I think it is pretty overrated as it was just a piece of metal in a park.

Sibelius Monument.

Had a pretty long day to tired to type a lot.

Today’s pictures here.

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