Photo Jussi Hellsten
Plastered grey, the Suomenlinna church is one of the oldest shrines in Helsinki. It greets those arriving from the sea by transmitting the H code with its Gustavian style tower, to indicate Helsinki. The onion domed church, originally built as an orthodox garrison church, was converted into a Lutheran church in the 1920s when the country had become independent. A lighthouse serving ship and air traffic still operates in the church tower.