The Senate Square

The Senate Square (HM134O)

Location: 00170
Country: Finland

N 60° 10.167', E 24° 57.15'

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Vanhaa Helsinkiä

Gamla Helsingfors

Seaatintori: Text in Finnish ... :
Senatstorget: Text in Swedish ... :
CEHATCKA: Text in Russian ... :

Text in English:
Helsinki was moved to its current location from the mouth of the River Vantaanjoki in 1640. These blocks have formed the historical centre of the city ever since. There are three streets that give us a faint idea of life in Helsinki centuries ago. The location of Sofiankatu, Katariinankatu and Helenankatu has remained unchanged since the 1640s.

Finland was for centuries a part of the Swedish Kingdom. After the War of Finland in 1809, Finland was ceded to Russia as an autonomous Grand Duchy. Helsinki became the capital in 1812. The city centre was rebuilt and gradually assumed its present look. Finland became independent in 1917.

The Senate Square was built in the early 19th century. After completion, it was the largest square in the Nordic Countries. It is surrounded by the University of Helsinki, the National Library, the Palace of the Council of State and Helsinki Cathedral, which were all designed by architect Carl Ludvig Engel. The statue of Emperor Alexander II, which was unveiled in 1894, stands at the centre of administration and lively trading in 1he 1830s.

For more history of Helsinki, visit the City Museum on this street. FREE ENTRY.

Illustrations:
Map: Helsinki - 1770
Photo: Helsinki Cathedral in Senate Square - 1930
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HM NumberHM134O
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Historical PeriodOther
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Placed ByHelsinki City Museum
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 7:08am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)35V E 386391 N 6672043
Decimal Degrees60.16945000, 24.95250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 60° 10.167', E 24° 57.15'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds60° 10' 10.0200" N, 24° 57' 9.0000" E
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24 Aleksanterinkatu, 00170, FI
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