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Market Square (Kauppatori Square) is the busiest and bright square in Helsinki city. The square is located near the Senate square, right next to the sea and from there you can take a ferry to Suomenlinna or to the zoo. The facade of the presidential palace is facing the Market Square. Also to the square overlooks the Esplanadi Park. The square regularly hosts very popular fish fair.
In the central part of the square there is a granite monument with double-headed eagle"Empress's stone", created in 1835 in honor of a visit to Finland of Emperor Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and placed at the place where they landed on the Finnish coast. After receiving The obelisk was demolished by Finland's independence, but in 1971, at the request townspeople, has been restored.
In the northern part of the Market Square is the Presidential the palace, over which the presidential standard flies, indicating that the president is in the building. When the president is not present, the standard is lowered. The palace is always there is a guard of honor in the person of one soldier. On the opposite side, behind canal, on the hill rises the Orthodox Assumption Cathedral, built in the Russian-Byzantine style of red brick in 1868. it the largest Orthodox cathedral in foreign Europe.
In the western part of the square you can see another symbol of the city - Havis Amanda fountain, the sculptural composition of which includes sculpture a naked mermaid woman emerging from the water, symbolizing the rising from sea waters city. Every year, on the eve of May Day, students put a white student's cap on the sculpture in honor of the coming of spring. In addition, the monument from the fountain is considered the patron saint of men. There is a belief that to increase your masculine strength, you need to wash yourself with water from a fountain and three shout once"Rakastaa!" ("To love!" In Finnish).
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Topic: Market Square (Kauppatori Square) in Finland, Helsinki resort.