PS (September 10)
I added this picture of a Helsinki pilot boat entering the Kustaanmiekka strait:
|One of the Viking Line ferries arrives at the Helsinki Southern Harbour. The best |
way to arrive in Helsinki is by boat.
|"Helsingfors is one of the most interesting towns in Europe. In spite of its rapid|
growth, it is still, comparatively, a small town. Nevertheless, its note note is
metropolitan rather than provincial. --
"The pulse of life and action beats as strongly in it as it does across the
Atlantic. Helsingfors is, in fact, in many ways more American than European."
|An evening view of the Market Square. The building second from the left is|
the Embassy of Sweden.
|"The ships are moored at the quay close to the Salutorget or Market Square, and the |
principal hotels are situated close at hand. (The blue building in the middle is
the City Hall, which was a hotel at the time of Maccallum Scott's visit.)
|"The Esplanade is as wide as the market-place itself - it is, in fact, more of a |
park than of a street. A broad expanse of trees and garden and lawn, with
promenades, separates the houses on the 'Norra' and 'Södra' sides right along its length.
The end of the promenade next to the market-place is occupied by the Kapellet Restaurant,
which in summer has its tables set out under the shade of the trees."
|Relandersgrund, the oldest lightship in Finland (built in 1888 ), now serves as a|
cafeteria and interior shop in Helsinki.
|"Senate Square is the architectural centre of Helsingfors. Round it are grouped|
some of the most stately examples of classic art with which Engel, the father
of Finnish architecture, enriched the town between 1820 and 1840."
"In the centre of the Square is the elaborate Memorial to Alexander II., the Grand Duke
and Emperor, who above all others, has endeared himself to the Finns."
|"The Church of St. Nicholas (now the Helsinki Cathedral) is built upon the top|
of a great ridge of granite which projects 59 feet above the surface of the square.
The cross, which surmounts the centre dome, is 233 feet above the level of the
sea; and the dome itself affords a vantage point from which a fine view is
obtained of the town, the surrounding country, and the far-stretching archipelago."
|"Helsingfors has numerous fine public parks and gardens. The Brunnspark|
(Kaivopuisto) at the extreme south of the peninsula, is beautifully wooded, and,
in parts, very rugged. One can reach it in five minutes by train from the
|The southernmost end of the peninsula offers spectacular views for joggers.|
|"No visitor should leave Helsingfors without having explored the beautifully|
wooded islands which are scattered so thickly along the shore of the Gulf, the
Skärgård, as they are called. Numerous small steamers ply among them. During
the summer almost every family which can afford it has a cottage on one of the
islands, and the little steamers make their rounds among these islands suburbs, for
all the world like the Hampstead bus."
|The Helsinki archipelago is always worth a visit.|
|The clubhouse of Finland's oldest yacht club, NJK, is a landmark in Helsinki's |
|"In the observatory grounds, overlooking the harbour,|
is the sculptor Stigell's fine bronze group representing
|"About the middle of its eastern side a peninsula, the narrow neck of which is|
cut by a canal, juts out into the sea. This is Skatudden (Katajanokka in Finnish), one of the most modern
quarters of the town, covered with large blocks of flats of the most bizarre
architecture, and containing also the Russian church, the Customs House, the
Mint, the Prison, and the Barracks."
|"The Russian Cathedral, 'Uspenski Sobor','Church of the Assumption', which attracts all |
eyes by its brilliant red and gold colouring, is situated on a height on the Skatudden, just
across the bridge. The richly decorated Russian church was built in 1868 by
the Russian architect Gornostaief."
|A view of Skatudden (Katajanokka) from the Northern Harbour.|
|The Helsinki Music Centre is one of the newest architectural additions to the |
Helsinki city centre.
|This is one of the Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) ferries. I will return to the historic |
sea fortress in another blog post.
|"But, on a nearer view, Helsingfors displays a very clearly marked and vivid |
personality of its own - a strange freakish personality that is alien to the rest of
Europe, something that suggests the Japanese, or the Oriental, or the Egyptian.
It rises from the sea like an enchanted palace on the pages of a fairy book."