The city of Helsinki is the home of numerous statues and monuments, which teach us about the history and the culture of the city. Most of these works can be found in and around the center, near the main landmarks.
Starting at the busiest tourist attraction, Helsinki’s harbor, you can find the fountain of Havis Amanda. The statue of the nude female mermaid was sculpted in Paris in 1906. The sculpture was intended to symbolize the rebirth of Helsinki.
On the first of May, which the Helsinkians call ‘Vappu’, the fountain with its statue serves as the center of the celebrations.
Töölö, one of Helsinki’s beautiful districts, houses the Sibelius Park, where the Sibelius Monument can be found. Both are dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
The monument consist of a combination of hundreds of steel pipes, which are the subject of a lot of snapshots every year, and also the face of Sibelius can be seen in steel.
In front of the Tuomiokirkko there is a statue located of Tsar Alexander II. It was erected in 1894. Today thousands of tourists come to look at the statue every year. It has grown into a monument of the relationship between Finland and imperial Russia.
In the middle of the Esplanade park, which is situated near to the senate square and opposite to the harbor, is a statue of the Finnish writer and poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg. At his feet there is a statue of a woman, the patron muse of Finnish poetry.
At the intersection between famous shopping street Aleksanterinkatu and Mannerheimintie, stand the Three Smiths. The statue bears signs of damage, from a 1944 bombing. Today the statue is being used as a meeting place by lots of people.
Next to the doors of the Helsinki Railway Station are four huge statues, which depict mythical giants, each holding a sphere, which light up the entrance in the dark.
The statues look stern, but are used in a lot of commercials, mainly from VR, the Finnish railway organization, in a friendly way. Usually one can see the statues in TV commercials or in the daily paper. Also in the amusement park Linnanmäki, the statues are represented in a smaller form, holding up the rails of an attraction.
Obviously Helsinki has even more statues and monuments to offer. It is a good idea to consult the possibilities in advance, so you can go and see everything that you want to see, without missing any of it.