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Senaatintori (Senate Square)

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Published 04/05/2016

Fodor's Review

The harmony of the three buildings flanking Senaatintori exemplifies one of the purest styles of European architecture, as envisioned and designed by German architect Carl Ludvig Engel. This is the heart of neoclassical Helsinki. On the square's west side is one of the main buildings of Helsingin Yliopisto (Helsinki University), and up the hill is the university library. On the east side is the pale yellow Valtionneuvosto (Council of State), completed in 1822 and once the seat of the Autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland's Imperial Senate. At the lower end of the square, stores and restaurants now occupy former merchants' homes.

Sight Information


Bounded by Aleksanterink. to south and Yliopistonk. to north, Helsinki, Uusimaa, 00170, Finland

Sight Details:

  • Cathedral on Senate Square: daily 9–6

Published 04/05/2016


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