So, in one morning of active walking, Marie-Claire and I managed to wander our way past three of Helsinki's churches. It was totally fun seeing three such different buildings.
The Helsinki Cathedral. It is a study in symmetry, and balance. the day we were there, i was also struck by the symmetry in colour... the white of the snow, and of the building, and of the sky... they were all of a piece. I also loved the snowplow moving back and forth across the square. What is NOT so visible in the photo are the stairs in front of the cathedral: they run the entire distance from left to right. they only bothered to shovel a small section on the two ends of the square (no surprise there... i can't imagine having that job!)
This one is new (1969). It is also totally unbelievable. I would have walked by without noticing, had i not been looking for it.
They built it INTO a rock.. From the outside, you see not much more than an outcropping of rock (like you see all over back in Victoria), with a flat copper roof.