"Senaatintori" Senaatintori (Senate Square) Tip by call_me_rhia

Senaatintori (Senate Square), Helsinki: 36 reviews and 69 photos

 
 

The Senate Square in Helsinki is a fine example of Carl Ludvig Engel's architecture ? the same man behind the Lutheran Cathedral? which also stands on the square. To the sides of the cathedral you can see, in fact the offices of the Prime minister of Finland and the cabinet (originally this was the Palace of the Council of State and the Senate) and, right opposite, the main University building and the National Library of Finland. In the centre of the square there?s a statue of Emperor Alexander II ? this statue, after much debating, was not taken away when Finland gained its independence because Alexander had encouraged Finnish self-government.

You may have caught glimpses of this square in some old movies, for example Warren Beatty?s Reds , John Huston's The Kremlin Letter and Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth. Often, was Russia was still a no-go destination,it became (in films) Moscow or Saint Petersburg.

Address: Senaatintori
Directions: Go on Aleksanderinkatu to the senate square direction. Or take trams 1, 2, 3B, or 3T to Senaatintori
Phone: +358 9 31013300
Website: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/see-and-experience/sights-and-attractions/senate-square

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 23, 2010
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