Holy Trinity Church, Helsinki

The Holy Trinity Church (Finnish: Pyhän Kolminaisuuden kirkko, Swedish: Heliga Treenighetskyrkan, Russian: Свято-Троицкая церковь) is a Finnish Orthodox Church located in the Kruununhaka district of Helsinki, on the corner of Unioninkatu and Rauhankatu. The church was built in the neo-classical style in 1826 under the direction of the architect Carl Ludvig Engel, and was dedicated and opened in the following year.[1][2] The Holy Trinity services the city's orthodox community with Divine Liturgy held in both Church Slavic and Finnish.[3]

Holy Trinity Church
Finnish: Pyhän Kolminaisuuden kirkko
Swedish: Heliga Treenighetskyrkan
Russian: Храм Пресвятой Троицы
Pyhän Kolminaisuuden kirkko, Helsinki.jpg
DenominationEastern Orthodox
Consecrated1827 (1827)
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Carl Ludvig Engel
ParishHelsinki Orthodox

The church is Helsinki's oldest Orthodox church.[4] When Finland became 1808 autonomic Grand Duchy of Finland, a number of Russian civil servants, merchants and soldiers moved to Helsinki. They needed a place for worship, and the czar supported their efforts to get a church. In the 21st century, many of the churchgoers still speak Russian, but majority of them are immigrants born in the Soviet Union.[5]


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  1. ^ Holy Trinity Church, Helsinki
  2. ^ "Pyhän Kolminaisuuden kirkko; Kirkkokatu 17 & Unioninkatu 31 & Rauhankatu 18; Helsinki". Finna. Helsinki City Museum. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Pyhän Kolminaisuuden Kirkko" (in Finnish). Helsinki Orthodox Parish. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Holy Trinity Church". Visit Helsinki. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Seurakunta tutuksi". Ortodoksiviesti (in Finnish). Helsinki Orthodox Parish. 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2016.

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Coordinates: 60°10′16.1″N 24°57′04″E / 60.171139°N 24.95111°E / 60.171139; 24.95111