Tourist Attraction in Helsinki: Helsingin tuomiokirkko
The Helsinki cathedral is the Finnish Lutheran cathedral of the Helsinki diocese. It was designed in neo-classical style by Johann Carl Ludwig Engel, an architect of German origins active in Finland; The work began in 1830 and ended in 1851. With its dome, set on a tall drum, dominates the Helsinki city landscape since the mid-nineteenth century when it was consecrated. The church, inspired by the Pantheon complex in Paris, features a Greek cross-shaped plant and is characterized by maximum symmetry, with its large portholes architraved, topped by a pediment, rising on the sides. At the center of the building, the dome opens, side by side with four small bells high in small caps made by Ernst Lohrmann, which altered the original design. The cathedral is one of Helsinki's major attractions and is visited annually by at least 350,000 people.