Sunday, November 27, 2011

On the Road: Helsinki

"Church in the Rock," which opened in 1969, was blasted out of solid rock and capped with a copper-and-skylight dome. It's at the top of a hill in a residential neighborhood.

When inside, most visitors are unaware of an air raid shelter under the "Church in the Rock." The shelter can accommodate 6,000 people.

Stainless-steel sculptural tribute to Finland's greatest composer, Jean Sibelius. The abstract work consists of 600 stainless-steel pipes built on solid rock in a lovely city park.

The green-domed 19th century Neoclassical Lutheran Cathedral is the "star" of the Senate Square. The huge staircase in front of the cathedral is a popular meeting spot in Helsinki.

Nearly 350,000 people visit the Lutheran Cathedral each year and can't help but be impressed with the magnificent organ.

Moose sculpture at the entrance to the National History Museum, which has the largest collection of animal specimens in Finland.

The National Museum of Finland has impressive displays of folk costumes, furniture, armory and prehistoric artifacts.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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