Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture. The square is dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludwig Engel between 1822 and 1852: Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland. A prayer service with music is held in the Cathedral on weekdays at noon.
There is also an evening service on Saturdays at 6pm and a Sunday service at 10am. Various events, exhibitions and concerts are held in the Crypt (Kirkkokatu 8), where there is also a summer café (Mon-Sat 11am-5pm and Sun 12noon-5pm). A souvenir shop can be found in the belfry (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am5pm and Sun 12noon-6pm).
- Add: Unioninkatu 29
- Open: daily 9am-6pm, June-August 9am-12midnight (No entry during events. Many weddings are held on Saturdays throughout the summer.)
- Free admission.