Orthodox Church

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Orthodox Church
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Yliopistonkatu 19, Turku
Phone
+358 2 277-5443
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Main church of the Turku orthodox parish is located on the north side of the Market Square. The church was built by the plans of architect Carl Ludvig Engel and was ordered by Czar Nicholas I of Russia on 5 January 1838. Construction, which began in 1839, cost 67,886 rubles and was completed in 1845. The church was consecrated on 2 September 1845. The church was dedicated to Alexandra, the spouse of Diocletian who had publicly became Christian and thus suffered a martyr?s death on 23 April 303. Most of the icons of the iconostasis have been made in Valaam Monastery

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Eat and Drink

  • Whisky Bar Turku - Whisky Bar in the core downtown of Turku has, as its name suggests, a wide selection of whiskies, but also serves beer and other spirits. Nowadays its strongly orientated to heavy metal by its music and atmosphere. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Y?kerho Turku - Y?kerho (literally meaning Nightclub in Finnish) is popular specially amongst younger locals, since its age limit is only 18. Situated right next to the Market Square, the club also houses a Rock'N'Sports bar that has more frequent opening hours. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Rento Turku - Rento, literally meaning casual and relaxed, has probably one of the best locations for a bar in Turku right at the end of the pedestrian street next to the Market Square and Hansa Shopping Center. You can either sit inside or on a nice terrace outside. Large selection of beers and little snacks as well. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Rax Buffet Turku - Rax offers an all you can eat style buffet that includes Pizza, barbecue food, salads, ice cream and soft-drinks. Good option if you feel like really filling your stomach for a long time inexpensively. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Elvina Caf? Turku - In a 1920s building, seeking an atmosphere of that time. Lunch and caf? products. [from Wikivoyage]

See and Do

  • Orthodox Church Turku - Main church of the Turku orthodox parish is located on the north side of the Market Square. The church was built by the plans of architect Carl Ludvig Engel and was ordered by Czar Nicholas I of Russia on 5 January 1838. Construction, which began in 1839, cost 67,886 rubles and was completed in 1845. The church was consecrated on 2 September 1845. The church was dedicated to Alexandra, the spouse of Diocletian who had publicly became Christian and thus suffered a martyr?s death on 23 April 303. Most of the icons of the iconostasis have been made in Valaam Monastery [from Wikivoyage]
  • Hohtogolf Westcoast Turku - At Hohtogolf Westcoast is a glow in the dark 15-hole miniature golf course with over-the-top mechanized special effects and a special horror section. Fun thing to do in a group, especially after a few drinks from the bar. As a new feature they also offer a small curling track. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Kinopalatsi Turku - This modern cinema complex opened in Turku in the spring 2001. All 9 auditoriums has been invested in the audience comfort. Seat rows are strongly staggered and leg room between rows is optimal. The technique is the highest quality with digital sound and big screens. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Swedish Theater of Turku Turku - This is Finland's oldest theatre. The beautiful theatre house reached its 175th anniversary in January 2014. ?ST is acclaimed for performing world-class musicals, enjoyed by audiences midst the splendid theatre hall. The three scenes also offer other kinds of drama, cabaret, concerts, more experimental theatre and children's plays. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Turku Art Museum Turku - The Art Museum's Art Nouveau building was opened to the public in the spring of 1904. Since the beginning the museum has presented important works by Finnish and international artist, focusing on Nordic art in particular. Well represented are works from the 19th and 20th centuries, the era known as the Golden Age of Finnish art, with national treasures that include self-portraits, Finnish surrealism as well as pop art. These collections are exhibited in the luminous upstairs halls of the museum. It manifests itself on the Puolala Hill at Aurakatu 26. Looking from the city market place, the museum's granite fa?ade rises at the end of the street. Coming from the railway station the museum is accessible via Rauhakatu, through the beautiful Puolala Park. Tours are available in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian. [from Wikivoyage]

Local Shopping

  • Market Square Turku - The centrepoint of Turku's western city centre is, without a doubt, the Market Square. In the summer we wholeheartedly recommend having a coffee on the square with the locals or buying groceries from the several local producers who have stalls on the market. In the 1800s the current market square was known as Uusitori (New Square), as opposed to the main market square of its time, the Old Great Square, as it is known today. Today, the market square is a popular shopping and meeting place and an authentic tourist attraction. Turku mass transit bus stops are located around the square, as are numerous city businesses. On one side of the square, you'll see the Hansa shopping centre, and exactly opposite it, the venerable Wiklund department store. The legendary hotel Hamburger B?rs stands at attention on the third side and last, but not least, the Turku Orthodox Church fills out the final quarter. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Wiklund Turku - Next to the Market square opposite side of the Hansa Shopping center, Wiklund is a first class department store. It services are built for women and men's fashion, beauty, home and children, outdoor activities and exercise, as well as entertainment. Department store services are complemented by the Caf? Wiklund, a hair salon, Alko wine and alcohol store, pharmacy, shoemaker and Eurokangas fabric store. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Marimekko Turku - A cornerstone of Finnish design and fashion is Marimekko, known around the world for its fresh and bold patterns and prints. You can find a number of Marimekko shops in Turku, including, amongst others, in the shopping centres of Skanssi and Mylly, with the largest store located in the Hansa Shopping Centre. [from Wikivoyage]
  • VintagEija`s Turku - VintagEija's sells gift, vintage wear and accessories, specializing in American style vintage. There is a rockabilly and burlesque atmosphere in this small boutique, with clothing from 40's,50's and 60's. In addition they sell new garment which have been made in the style of vintage for both men and women. [from Wikivoyage]
  • Hansa Shopping Centre Turku - More than 150 shops found under one roof, Turku?s oldest and largest shopping centre offers excellent shopping with a number of specialist shops and a first class department store. You'll also find a number of caf?s, restaurants and a theatre and services for even the most discerning of tastes. [from Wikivoyage]

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