Sunday, 26 August 2012

The Uspenski Cathedral with its altar of icons, Helsinki

This Orthodox church called Uspenski Cathedral is a large and young church which was completed in 1868. The Russian influence is clearly visible via small domes and towers on top of the church. The Uspenski cathedral is located on a hill near the harbour of Helsinki. The church is famous for its icons which are on display for the public, some on an individual basis but mainly integrated in an altar wall. Visitors are not allowed to come close to the altar. A very interesting church with icons, wall paintings and an inner dome.

Deze grote en jonge Orthodoxe kerk, Uspenski kathedraal genoemd werd voltooid in 1868. De Russische invloed is duidelijk zichtbaar omwille van de torentjes en koepels boven op het dak. De Uspenski kathedraal ligt op een heuveltop dichtbij de haven van Helsinki. De kerk is beroemd door zijn collectie van iconen die te bezichtigen zijn door het publiek, sommige op individuele basis, andere iconen zijn verwerkt in de altaarmuur. Bezoekers mogen niet te dicht bij het altaar komen. Een zeer interessante kerk met iconen, muurschilderingen en een koepel.. 
 
Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

Upenski cathedral Helsinki

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20 comments:

  1. Indrukwekkend, Filip !
    Lie(f)s.

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  2. Mooie kerk en foto's!
    Groetjes,
    Mirthe

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  3. Wat een pracht en praal Filip!
    De rijkdom spat er van af!
    Schitterende foto`s
    :)

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  4. Very lovely and artistic spot. Would have never guessed that this was not an older church ( of course in the US, that would be very old) Lovely shots!

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  5. Beautiful: inside and outside!

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  6. Fantastic place and wonderful chandelier too.

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  7. Icons are windows to another world. you so well show this amazing building!


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  8. Religious buildings have to be some of the most beautiful designs around the world. Religious or not, they are always worth checking out whichever country you're in.

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  9. Beautiful. Each Cathedral is always different, unique in it's own way.

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  10. Great shots from this beautyfull church
    my favorite is photo 5...
    The very good detailed captures give us a
    good impression of this church!!

    grettings Nieske

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  11. Filip een mooi kerkje. De iconen waren zeker heel prachtig om te zien. Als jullie eens in Rotterdam komen is de Russisch Orthodoxe kerk o.a. ook een aanrader:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/reisgekki/sets/72157622443163287/

    Ik wens jullie een fijne week, Dietmut

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  12. Dear Filip.
    Thanks for sharing these fotos.
    You know much more than I about this church, though I can see this very often. :)
    Your fotos are beautifull, as usually.
    Have a nice week, both of you.
    Hugs.

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  13. hooooo quelle belle église!!!! elle est somptueuse!! merci pour le partage!!! bisousssssssssssssss

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  14. Dear Filip, I must take a sabbatical and visit all the places you are posting about! Helsinki! Yes, yes, yes.... Christa

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  15. Amazing photos and impressions from this beautiful Cathedral in Helsinki.Gorgeous !

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  16. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures!The altar is magnificent!
    Léia

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  17. You found another beautiful building to photograph. I really like the reddish color exterior. The altar is quite spacious and well-lit for ceremonies.

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  18. it looks similar to th Bulgarian churches...however ours are even more colourful inside:-))

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  19. Interesting set of pictures. Yes people got different insipiraions for shooting pictures. As well, one of the pictures we shot inside is almost the same !
    Greetings !
    Arnaud

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