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February 3, 2010

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Helsinki photos / fotos

This cathedral with redbrick facade is located on high hill in the centre of Helsinki. It was built 1862 – 1868 and its style is Russian Byzantine. The Uspensky Cathedral is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. Name of this cathedral comes from the Slave word “uspenie”, which denotes the Dormition.

It has 13 its golden cupolas. Uspensky has Russian impact on Finnish history. Inside it is more beautiful than outside. There are so many icons to admired that I felt myself confused. Once in Helsinki, visit it. Photos have been taken by my first digital camera (5.0 megapixel) in 2005.

Esta catedral con su fachada de ladrillo rojas se halla en la colina alta en el centro de Helsinki. Fue construido 1862 – 1868 y su estilo es bizantino ruso. La Catedral de Uspensky es la iglesia ortodoxa más grande en Europa Occidental. El nombre de esta catedral viene de la palabra eslava “uspenie” que significa Dormición.

La catedral tiene 13 cúpulas doradas. Uspensky tiene el impacto ruso en la historia finlandesa. El interior es más hermoso que afuera. Dentro de la catedral hay muchísimas iconos que admiró yo me sentía muy confundí. Una vez que en Helsinki, visitala. Fotos han sido tomadas por mi primera cámara digital (5,0 megapíxeles) en 2005.

Cette cathédrale avec la façade de briques rouges est localisée sur l’haute colline au centre d’Helsinki. Il a été construite 1862 – 1868 et son style est Byzantin russe. La Cathédrale d’Uspensky est la plus grande église orthodoxe dans Europe de l’ouest. Le nom de cette cathédrale vient de de mot slave “uspenie”, qui signifie le Dormition.

Il a 13 coupoles dorées. Uspensky a l’impact russe sur l’histoire Finlandaise. L’intérieur c’est plus beau que dehors. Il y a tant d’icônes pour admirer que je me suis senti confondu. Une fois dans Helsinki, le visitez-Vous. Photos ont été prises par mon premier appareil photo numérique (5,0 mégapixels)

en 2005.

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral / Catedral ortodoxa de Uspenski / Orthodoxe Cathédrale Uspensky

23 Comments »

  1. Good morning, Matti
    This church has a very sumptuous on the inside. It works somewhat overloaded. You’re right, you do not know where to look first. It is very colorful and shining gold. The exterior architecture and color is very interesting and every visitor can only imagine how things look from within. I am amazed again and again about how different churches come from within. Then comes the question of whether it is necessary and useful. This church is inside and out also very nice and I like it. But I think a little less pomp would be enough. The prayer, faith and the satisfaction is more important than any pomp. I am glad that I could look at this page and thank you for that. Her blog, I still try to visit. I wish you and Anja all the best for your health and daily ways. Thank you for your nice comments of my web side. Dear greetings Christel

    Comment by Christel — February 3, 2010 @ 12:15 | Reply

    • Guten tag Christel.

      When saying something like pomp, You are so right, but You must to know that this is very general in Orthodox churches. This can easily to be found in Greece or in Russia. The art of Orthodox icons are very stricly regulated as You have noticed when seeing my photos from Orthodox icons which are been made on courses.

      I do not take a stance on who is better devoted, those in this kind of churches or in those modest ones. Let us our Lord decide.

      Thank You commenting this “special church” in Helsinki.

      Gruß.

      Comment by sartenada — February 3, 2010 @ 13:30 | Reply

  2. Your pink church is amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of your beautiful photographs. I thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and for posting these picture. JoDee

    Comment by JoDee Luna — February 3, 2010 @ 16:31 | Reply

    • Hello JoDee Luna.

      It was so nice to me to read that You had time to visit on my posts and leaving a comment here.

      Comment by sartenada — February 3, 2010 @ 17:01 | Reply

  3. What a breathtakingly beautiful cathedral. I think there is a place for simple churches and a place for the elaborately decorated ones. If the elaborate decorations come from the worshipers desire to honor and glorify God, I am sure he is pleased with that. I will admit I love both simple churches and magnificent ones.

    Comment by kateri — February 4, 2010 @ 03:06 | Reply

    • Hi Kateri.

      Thank You commenting. My opinion is that we people need many kind of churches. This kind is one, which represents “another style”, but is so general in many countries. Personally I like our “modest wooden” churches, but I like also to visit those glorious churches like in France, Italy, Spain, Greece etc. Always in every church there are something beautiful to see. To me the beauty, was it made by man or by nature, is nourishment of spirit.

      Comment by sartenada — February 4, 2010 @ 07:13 | Reply

  4. That is a very beautiful cathedral! Your photos are excellent.

    Comment by montucky — February 4, 2010 @ 04:40 | Reply

    • Hello Montucky.

      Nice to hear that You liked to see this church which has been seen also in so many Hollywood films and representing those churches in Russia. One classic example is the movie “Telefon” by Don Siegel from 1977 in which Charles Bronson was as main actor and of course not to forget actress Lee Remick.

      Comment by sartenada — February 4, 2010 @ 07:25 | Reply

    • Yeh, les photors are perfect.

      Comment by Pavel Vasilevski — May 2, 2010 @ 22:48 | Reply

  5. Phenominal photos! What a beautiful church! I would love to visit it the next time I’m in Scandinavia. Thanks for visiting our blog, too. I love your photos and will add you to our blogroll!

    Comment by alaskanarcticexpeditions — February 4, 2010 @ 07:43 | Reply

    • Hello alaskanarcticexpeditions.

      Alaska and Scandinavia have something common, I think, but those mountains are more mighty in Alaska. If You like Artic places, so visit in Norway “North Cape”. It is one of most utmost place to in the North where one can go by car! This place in my heart although it is in Norway not in Finland. Okay, but I am honest. I got some photos from there in my About page.

      Comment by sartenada — February 4, 2010 @ 07:51 | Reply

  6. Such an impressive structure. Amazing how man can create such a thing.

    Comment by Preston Surface — February 4, 2010 @ 12:48 | Reply

    • Hi Preston.

      Nice to read that You liked this “landmark” of Helsinki which dominates its skyline with another church when aproaching from the sea.

      Comment by sartenada — February 4, 2010 @ 12:55 | Reply

  7. Thank you again for such excellent photos. This Church is just too vast and ornate for my liking and yet I loved the Church at Lohja. Perhaps churches build such impressive buildings to make ‘the people’ feel humble. I cannot see many poor people worshiping here, but then I might be wrong. I prefer the old church of Petajavesi, with the simpler decoration. It’s great to see all sides though.

    Comment by jackiequeen — February 4, 2010 @ 17:49 | Reply

    • Hello jackiequeen.

      I thank You for Your interest seeing or churches. When not seeing people worshiping, that is due to that it was that time of day when the church was open for tourist visits and people was working. In my country in winter churches are not open on weekdays, but then when there a mass on weekends. That is very natural due to cold winters. On summertime we have so called “road churches” and then inside there is some student to present church with its history etc and also surveying that nothing is not to stolen. Those road churches are very popular on countryside. Many churches I have been photographed are situated on country side and it is just there I have found those most interesting ones. In big cities the situation is different, they are open during summer all the day long, but there are exceptions of course and I spoke only at general level.

      Later I will present some strangeness in our countryside churches which are not found elsewhere in the world, I think. Another oddnesses I have already shown inside the church of Kemi was – “Votive ships”. Votive ships are found in many countries, but I guess that people are noticing them and if they have not been thinking: What are these ships inside churches and why they are.

      Comment by sartenada — February 5, 2010 @ 08:13 | Reply

  8. How were you able to take these pictures? I have just returned from St. Petersburg, and was told that no pictures are allowed in an active Russian Orthodox church.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Peter — September 20, 2010 @ 06:10 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      Once when I visited an Orthodox church in Russia, I really was not able to photograph inside. This church is in the capital of Helsinki and people can freely photograph inside. Why not? There are no secrets inside, just to show beautiful icons.

      This summer I visited in some other Orthodox churches in my country and I took plenty of interesting photos inside / outside. So, welcome back to my site to admire them some day.

      Comment by sartenada — September 24, 2010 @ 11:39 | Reply

  9. c’est encore avec plaisir que je découvre vos églises qui sont très belles.
    je vous souhaite une bonne soirée.
    Cordialement
    frammy

    Comment by frammy — December 2, 2010 @ 00:31 | Reply

    • Bonjour Frammy.

      Comme tu l’as vue, cette église est un peu spéciale.

      Merci de m’avoir fait un commentaire. Belle journée.

      Comment by sartenada — December 2, 2010 @ 07:37 | Reply

  10. Penandt une vingtaine d’années, la Uspenski était une des premières choses que je voyais le matin en regardant par la fenêtre. J’ai mis longtemps avant d’y pénétrer, n’étant pas de la religion orthodoxe. La cathédrale est beaucoup plus petite qu’elle ne parait

    Comment by hpy — October 5, 2011 @ 09:37 | Reply

    • Salut hpy.

      Je te remercie. Tu m’as racontée des mémoires intéressantes. Autrefois, je vis dans Kallio, mais j’ai marché dans ces secteurs souvent.

      Bises.

      Comment by sartenada — October 5, 2011 @ 11:04 | Reply

  11. I’m fascinated by these shots………!
    Some of my friends ,visiting st. Petersburg , told me about the prohibition of shooting inside an Orthodox church….
    Happy for you (and for us ) this is not forbidden in Finland !
    Love this post,thank you!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — June 3, 2015 @ 08:04 | Reply

    • Hi Anna.

      All depends from the country and local decisions. I have met in Finland two Orthodox churches in Finland where no photos allowed. Sometimes using flash is not allowed.

      Thank You for your kind comment.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 3, 2015 @ 08:11 | Reply


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