On the exterior the uppermost "onion dome" represents the "sacred heart of Jesus," while the smaller ones represent the hearts of the 12 apostles. The cathedral's interior is a potentially emotional icon experience. Its rich images are a stark contrast to the sober Lutheran Cathedral.
We dodged the rain drops and headed to Helsinki's Market Square. There was a mish-mash of all things Finnish being sold. But the one that stuck out the most were these pea pods. They were on every corner, sold by the handful and eaten raw. Helsinki and all of Finland was taken over by the Russians in 1809. They moved Finland's capital from Turku to Helsinki in order to shift things closer to St. Petersburg. The oldest parts of Helsinki feel very Russian - stone buildings in yellow and blue pastels with white trim and columns. In fact Hollywood used Helsinki for the film Dr. Zhivago because filming in Russia was not possible during the Cold War. You know, I still haven't seen Dr. Zhivago all the way through - Mom tried to get me to watch it when I was little, but I didn't retain. Maybe I will have to try again now that these places are familiar!
Our very last tourist check in Finland was to ride the 3T tram loop around the entire city. We repeated some of the spots we had traveled on foot and also caught a glimpse of the Olympic Park. This complex was built originally for the 1940 Summer Olympics which were cancelled due to WWII. So instead the space was used to host the 1952 Summer Games. Surprising that it was a Summer Olympic host country when you so naturally think Winter when picturing Finland. Connor thought the tram loop was a fun time to make faces and play games with her parents!