Market Square and Presidential Palace


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Located little bit south from Senate Square, lies the Market Square (Kauppatori) second important place in Helsinki. It is sometimes called Fish Market, as fresh fishes (together with fruits and vegetables), are available here.

To make trade easier for fisherman, square is located exactly on a quay in South Harbour. The northern end of the square is marked by Esplanadi, the street which surround one of Helsinki Parks.

Kauppatori is the best place for setting to Suomenlinna – city transport provide a ferry all year long, and during Holidays it is possible to hire private boat. The best moment for visiting the square is in October, when Herring Fair take place.

On the Eastern end of Esplanadi, dominating over Kauppatori, lies Presidential Palace, the biggest building around the harbour. It come into being in 1820, as a residence of wealthy merchant. After some extension it became the Tsars residence, which stayed here several times between 1845 and 1915. After passing the new constitution, the palace served Finnish presidents as a main residence up to 1993. Today there are still private rooms for president, but mainly governmental offices and representative halls.

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