Helsinki. Market square (Kauppatori). Obelisk Of Empress Alexandra (Keisarinnankivi)
From the Katajanokka island, until the Esplanade stretch the Promende of South harbour.
Here you will find ferries to the Suomenlinna fortress, and many pleasure boats.
In the southwestern part of the harbour, at the "Olympia" terminal, moored Silja ferries of Helsinki-Stockholm line.
On the embankment of the Presidential Palace, now under construction. Today along the waterfront held a procession. From June to August in the Finnish capital traditionally are performances of military bands from different countries.
Repair repair, but the guard remains on duty.
Along the waterfront lined with colourful tents Market square (finnish Kauppatori, swedish Salutorget, map).
Originally, this place was a port warehouses, in 1813 the area was cleared and two years later became the chief place of trade in agricultural products. Farmers boat moored right on the waterfront and the product immediately fall on the shelves. Now you can not only buy vintage, local gardeners, but inexpensive lunch.
Square is decorated with the obelisk of russian Empress Alexandra (Keisarinnankivi), installed on 18 Dec 1835, in the same year the square was stone-paved. The monument installed on the occasion of the visit of Helsingfors (the old name for Helsinki) Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, which took place two years earlier. This place approached the steamer arrived from St. Petersburg, and the Empress took the first steps on Finnish land.
In February 1917 in St. Petersburg, revolution April 17, Russian sailors dropped from the monument ball with the double-headed eagle, it was broken one of the wings. 31 December of the same year, Lenin's government recognized Finland as an independent state, and on the wave of patriotism, the citizens demolished the symbol of Russian autocracy. In 1971 the monument was again restored.
In the Western part of the square is the fountain "Daughter of the Baltic", better known as "Shameless Amanda" (in finnish Havis Amanda). Behind the fountain starts a linden boulevard - the Esplanade.
Market square is just one block away from Senate square and the Cathedral.