In the heart of Finlandís capital city of Helsinki is the proud and majestic Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in western Europe. The red brick building is an impressive architectural symbol of the relationship that once existed between Finland and the Russian Empire.
With its total of 13 golden cupolas that signify dramatic flames, Uspenski Cathedral is highly reminiscent of traditional Russian church design.
Many thousands of the bricks used for the construction of Uspenski were salvaged from another building. The dismantling of the Bomarsund Fortress provided the church with economical building material.
Uspenski Cathedral is one of the most important buildings in Helsinki and is also a magnificent symbol of Finlandís dramatic religious history.
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