Helsinki Cathedral, Finland
I had been pondering as to which Church I should bring you this Sunday. Once the thought process started the location that kept coming back to me was The Cathedral in Helsinki.
Why, well several reasons. First its position high above the City overlooking the Senate Square (itself rather magnificent) perched on top of 49steps. The second reason was its beauty. A statement in white. Tall straight columns surrounding the main body of the church with the six tallest supporting a dramatic and stylish canopy over a simple entrance. The Cathedral is edged in gold, upon its tiered roof stand various statues, a Golden statue of Mary above the main doorway. Finally three coloured domes each with a golden cross turn a great piece of Architecture into something extra special.
Somehow the architecture is so simple, yet able to create a building of unique distinction when seen from the steps below or from across the City it demands the eye and attention.
But for me what is also memorable is stepping into the Cathedral to find a wide open space, unassuming in style, an unadorned place of worship.
I had not visited a Lutheran church before, so this simplistic approach was totally unexpected and far from the ornate interiors I have been used to.
A simple Font in front of an equally simple alter below a canopied Religious Painting the main clues that this was indeed a place of religious worship.
It was this contrast in style and simplicity that left its mark upon my memory
(C) David Oakes 2019