A walking tour;how Finland became an independent democracy
We will start the walking at the historic Senate Square in the footsteps of the Empresses during the "Russian" era of our history. 1809-1917 Finland was an autonomous Grand Duchy under the Russian Empire. We will walk along some of the streets, that where named after the Empresses and you will hear a fascinating story of this period of our history during 1809-1917. About our struggle from a Grand Duchy under the Russian Empire to a democratic Republic in 1917 and about the time of independency and this year's anniversary of 100 years. There are quarters of Art Nouveau buildings, which are typical for the old Helsinki and also they express the National Romanticism, which the people of Finland used as an expression opposing the russification at around 1900. I will tell you about the orthodoxy and we will visit the orthodox Uspenski Cathedral, the biggest orthodox cathedral in northwestern Europe.
I will meet you at your hotel or at the pier of your Cruise ship. We will walk in the oldest parts of Helsinki, where the significant streets and buildings that have a connection to the time of the autonomy are seen. In 1809-1917 Finland was an autonomous Grand Duchy under the Russian Empire. We will walk to the Senate Square, where all the buildings were built in the neo classical style during 1820-1852. We'll continue along the Unioninkatu, the National Library and the orthodox Trinity Church. The House of the Estates and the Bank of Finland, to Pohjoisranta, the North Quay and the sailing ships, icebreakers. Will tell you about the ships and and fishermen and sailors. Walk to the Uspenski Cathedral. Presentation of the orthodox traditions outside the cathedaral. I will tell you about all this in a very personal way. After this we will walk to the Market Square and the Esplanade street and park. Design shops. Esplanade park with a statue of Runeberg, the national poet, nation building in the 19th century.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or the pier of you Cruise ship.
End location: The Esplanade street;design shops.
Duration: 3 hours
A walking tour.
A private walking tour with a professional guide with personal explanations about this fascinating time of our history and how the orthodoxy is practised today. A very personal tour!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 € - A coffee brake with a cinnamon roll or an icecream at the Market Square before going up the the orthodox cathedral.
There is an option to extend the walk towards the pier where the ice-breakers will be seen. It is nice to have a short coffee or snack break during the walk.
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Pia was the perfect guide for the four of us. We had asked her to customize a walking tour to our interests and orient us to the things we could do with our two free days in Helsinki with an emphasis on textiles, Finland during the Autonomy, the waterfront area and answer lots of questions we had about the Orthodox Church in Finland.. we had questions about life here and she was very open and flexible with doing exactly what we needed. Not a moment was wasted. Highly recommended for custom groups.
Patricia V Merrell