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Tour of Helsinki

Nefer • 5 minutes read • December 22nd, 2016
I went to Finland for the first time. A lot of things were new to me. I'll try to include all my curious moments, interesting details and episodes from the life of the city (


). This was the first picture taken near a station. The day promised to be interesting.
This is the Helsinki Central Railway Station. It was built between 1904 and 1914. The building in the Art Nouveau style, and is one of the most famous works of Finnish architecture. Men with lanterns were really eye-catching. Balls of light brightened the evening.
The bathroom in the Finnish McDonald's is only for clients or costs 1 Euro. Stockmann department store offers free bathroom use and Wi-Fi. The store was huge. You can find absolutely everything there.
Here's an interesting pattern in the morning sun. The day had just begun.
Here's a postman's trolley.
This is the famous sculpture "The Three Smiths". I felt very cold looking at them :)
Streets in the city center are also indicated by an image of an animal, in addition to a name. There is a horse, a camel, a giraffe, and others.
This is the 

Kamppi Chapel of Silence

. It belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. However, it's not for acts of worship. Visitors come here to escape the bustling city and to mingle with workers of the parish. The building was constructed in 2012.
This is Narinkkatori Square or just Narinkka.
This sculpture was installed in 2006. There were no signs, so I don't know what it is or what it is called. Just an art object.
Here's an interesting stop with a modern design. This is 


. There is an underground bus terminal and a shopping center above it. You can see the dome of a synagogue in the background.
This is the state Hietaniemi cemetery. Many of Finland's noblemen are buried there. There was an Orthodox church and a small Mosque. And what is this?
This is the Memorial to the dead who remained in Karelia. It was erected in 1957.
Let's return to the Helsinki center. All the city's service boxes became objects of street art. You can see birds, frogs, etc.
At first I thought it was a mosque. However, the building does not look like a religious one. Does anyone know what it is?
Here are bicycles. In the morning.
This is one building's detail. For some reason it looks like a centipede to me. But of course, it isn't.
This is a chain of second-hand shops. There were a lot of them in Helsinki. You can see greetings from the 90's in the windows - it was very nostalgic.  
This is a sculpture called "Topelius and Children". It's set in Koulupuisto Park. The monument was erected in 1932. Zacharias Topelius (1818-1898) was a historian, writer and storyteller.
Here are bicycles for rent.
This is a fire station. It was built in 1891. Its fire tower has a height of 137 feet (42 meters). It would be great to climb it.
Here's another graffiti. 
Here's the Helsinki I saw. However, this is not the end. The city has many interesting aspects . . . I'll show you more.
Author: Nefer
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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