HELSINKI







This is a vault of the Helsinki Cathedral (Helsingin tuomiokirkko or Suurkirkko). It is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki. The church was originally built as a tribute to the Grand Duke, Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia and until the independence of Finland in 1917, it was called St. Nicholas' Church. Thatís why it seems so "Russian". The temple is located in the centre of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 29.





This is the bas-relief of the Jehovah's name under the entry on the back side of the Helsinki Cathedral.





The building with this bas-relief is situated quite the reverse of the Helsinki Cathedral. This is the National Library of Finland (Kansalliskirjasto) - Unioninkatu 36.











Splendid demons, arenít they? The second one is definitely succubus. And the fourth one isnít a kind of frog, if you want, but the Deep One, as this creature was described by Lovecraft. This building is the House of Agronomists (Agronomitalo) - Pohjoinen Makasiinikatu 6.





Well, if we have got it right, the building with the Magen David's row on the front is The Guest Home of Helsinki (Helsingin Vieraskoti) - Albertinkatu 4 (Pursimiehenkatu 10). We don't know how the Magen David has to do with guest home.





Just an eagle. A couple of these birds of prey guards the front access door of the building - Unioninkatu 12 (Eteläinen Makasiinikatu 4).





If desired a swastika covered by spiral is to be seen. This ornament situates on both sides of each endman window on the top floor of the building - Siltavuorenpenger 2.





Again Star of David. This case is interesting in the context of the mixture of symbols: on the front of the building the Magen David's neighbors with the stranges symbols which can be recognized as fir apples or scarabs or something else. Anyway, together with the bas-relief of the heads of a fox or some other animal which looks like totemic one, also with two heads under a roof which look like images from Maya civilization, these strange symbols absolutely don't harmonize with the Star of David. Yrjönkatu 25.





Although this is some kind of a floral pattern, it is not so hard to see around the arch of the building a lot of swastikas - Meritullinkatu (Sjötullsgatan) 26.





This is the National Archives of Finland (Kansallisarkisto) - Rauhankatu (Fredsgatan) 17. The row of swastikas begirds the whole building.





Maybe this is a modern example of welding job, but this is true swastika - Uudenmaankatu (Nylandsgatan) 34.





Another government building: this is the House of the Estates (Säätytalo) for sporadic governmental meetings - Snellmaninkatu (Snellmansgatan) 9-11. The row of swastikas begirds almost the whole building.





This is so called "floral swastika", but not typical because "flower" looks too quadrate. By this reason swastika is close to orthodox one. View also the whole building - Korkeavuorenkatu (Högbergsgatan) 24.





Above the window of the neighboring building - Korkeavuorenkatu (Högbergsgatan) 26 - we find excellent example of pentagram. There are two pentacles on the front of the Gothic-like building, that is by the way the fire-fighting detachment (Erottajan pelastusasema).





You can find these two swastikas on the front of the memorial stone near the Independence Spruce (Itsenäisyyden kuusi) at Kaivopuisto - one of the oldest and best known parks in central Helsinki (view also the back of the memorial).





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