Kaisaniemen metroasema (subway station) has the coolest escalator. Furthermore, it is the only station in Helsinki subway which name is announced in one language through subway’s PA system: Kaisaniemi sounds same both in Finnish and in Swedish. For other subway stations there are always announcements in two languages. It is also located close to Central Railway Station subway and Kaisaniemen metroasema is the least used subway station (in Finnish) in downtown area.
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The huge Kampin keskus (Kamppi Center) was built only 6 years ago in the middle of Helsinki. It is a shopping centre, transportation hub, eatery, nightlife area. Heck, it is everything. Some even live there: they’ve built expensive apartments to penthouse. I remember when the massive building was under construction: for four years there was an enormous pit in the middle of the city which slowly developed to this complex. This photo is from the upper levels and shows the many floors of the shopping centre part of Kamppi.
Profeetta Elian kirkko (St. Elijah’s Church) is located in the orthodox cemetery of Helsinki. I was walking there in the beginning of March and apparently ran into some ceremony: I opened the front door of the church and saw bunch of people and smelt a scent of incense. I think the interiors would’ve been worthy of photographing. Usually it’s OK to photograph in Finnish churches and even use a tripod if you ask permission from the janitor. This time the ceremony was too intense for photographing in profeetta Elian kirkko.
You can do many things in Helsinki. For example you can take a dip. This dipping place is located in Suomenlinna sea fortress. Ice swimming is quite famous in Finland and have I’ve tried it myself too – not in this place but elsewhere. The water is very freezing and many take alcohol beforehand which warms you up. Another way to get yourself warm is going to sauna after ice swimming. And really, I don’t really recommend swimming here. There are safer places out there. If you still want to take a dip you can check out the how-to guide.
Keisarinnankivi is the oldest monument in Helsinki. It lies at Kauppatori market square in front of the Embassy of Sweden. On top of the obelisk there is a globe and a double-headed eagle which is a symbol of Russian Federation. Wikipedia tells (in Finnish) that it was actually made in 1835 for Alexandra Feodorovna, the Empress consort of Russia. There are also Latin and Finnish text on the obelisk. They tell about the meaning of the monument. When the monument was erected it was unusual to use Finnish language in such manner: it only become official language after 50 years of unveiling the Keisarinnankivi monument.