The square towards the eastern end of Aleksanterinkatu is overlooked by the onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral (May–Sept Mon–Fri 9.30am–4pm, Sat 9.30am–2pm, Sun noon–3pm, Oct–April closed Mon). Inside, there’s a glitzy display of icons. Beyond is Katajanokka, a wedge of land extending between the harbours; with some beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, it’s one of the city’s most atmospheric places to walk around.

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