Guided Helsinki Tour with Free Time by Private Vehicle
The Rock Church is sometimes closed for religious events.
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The Daughter of the Baltic must have been birthed by a family of architects. A thought like this is sure to come to mind as you explore the beautiful buildings that make up Helsinki. Ironically, the mastermind of many of the Finnish buildings you'll see on this tour, Carl Ludvig Engel, was actually German. He began his career in Prussia, only moving to Finland years later in an attempt to find steady work. Engel would go on to become Helsinki's preeminent architect. One glimpse of the Helsinki Cathedral and you'll see why: the church's elegant white exterior provides a magnificent contrast against its light-green domes. Engel's solidly-neoclassical style is easy to identify in his other works, like the National Library of Finland and the Government Palace. Columns and pillars, staples of neoclassicism, are focal points on both buildings. For a stark contrast to Engel's style, observe the Rock Church, built directly into a granite formation. It is now a popular music venue because of its size and acoustics: if you are lucky enough to go inside, you can see for yourself how well the exposed rock walls carry sound. The Sibelius Monument is another ode to Helsinki's unique taste for design. As the winning entry in a monument design contest held after Jean Sibelius died in 1957, traditionalists complained that the sculpture's hundreds of steel pipes put together in a wavelike motion had nothing to do with the acclaimed Finnish composer. Its designer, Eila Hiltunen, begrudgingly added a small bust of Sibelius to appease her critics. Whatever your opinion, it's hard to deny that the monument serves as an important architectural highlight in a city that is chock-full of them.
Helsinki's original wild child Long before Mick Jagger first squeezed into a tight stage outfit, Jean Sibelius was the original European rock star. The Finnish composer was infamous around Helsinki for his hedonistic, booze-filled lifestyle. Sibelius' antics were so well-known that he was once rejected as a tenant by a potential landlord. The reason? The property owner had seen a painting called Symposium, depicting Sibelius and his buddies imbibing heavily.
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