<Back to Finland Homepage

<Back to Attractions in Finland

Uspenski Orthodox Church, Helsinki

Uspenski Cathedral  is an Eastern Orthodoxcathedral in Helsinki, Finland, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary). Its name comes from the Old Church Slavonic word uspenie, which denotes the Dormition. Designed by the Russian architect Alexey Gornostaev (1808–1862), the cathedral was built after his death in 1862–1868.

The Cathedral is set upon a hillside on the Katajanokka peninsula overlooking the city. On the back of the cathedral, there is a plaque commemorating Russian Emperor Alexander II, who was the sovereign of the Grand Duchy of Finland during the cathedral’s construction. Main cathedral of the Finnish Orthodox Church in the diocese of Helsinki, Uspenski Cathedral is claimed to be the largest orthodox church in Western Europe, although Finland is normally included into Northern Europe. In 2006, about 516,500 tourists visited the church. Admission to the Cathedral is free of charge. In winter, the Cathedral is closed on Mondays.


1 Channel Street, FI-00160 Helsinki
tel: 0207 220 683


Worship Calendar

Opening hours / Öppettider / Opening times

Ti / Tis – Fri / Fre 30.09 – 16.00
Mon – Fri 9:30 am – 4pm

Sat / Lör 10.00 – 15.00
Sat 10am – 3pm Sun / son 12:00 – 15:00 Sun 12noon – 3pm Mon / a sealed / closed by Mon Closed

Discover More

Amazing Destinations

Discover other amazing places to visit from all around the world. Why not create a bucket list and cross them off as you visit. Which of these would be on your list?

Discover More