Statues - Hither & Thither

Finland
Helsinki
Uusimaa

Pyhän Henrikin aukio 1A
(Pyhän Henrikin Katedraali - St. Henry's Cathedral)

Pyhän Henrikin, Pietarin ja Paavalin patsaat

Statues of Saints Henry, Peter and Paul

St. Henry, Bishop of Uppsala

1858-60

Helsinki /  Pyhän Henrikin, Pietarin ja Paavalin patsaat

Description

Three stone statues in niches in the front façade of the church.
  1. Piispa Henrik / St. Henry, Bishop of Finland (d. c. 1156), English clergyman. He came to Sweden with cardinal Nicholas Breakspeare in 1153 and was probably designated to the new Archbishop of Uppsala, but the independent church province of Sweden could be established only in 1164 after the civil war was over, and Henry would have been sent to organize the Church in Finland, where Christians had existed already at least two centuries (Wikipedia).
  2. Pietari / St. Peter (possibly died AD 67), apostle, featured prominently in the New Testament and the Acts of the Apostles. Patron saint of locksmiths and confessors. Usually depicted holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven in his hand. Peter is the first Pope (Wikipedia)
  3. Paavali / St. Paul the Apostle, (c. 5 - c. 67 ), persecuted the early followers of Jesus before switching sides and seeking to join them. He was instrumental in creating the Christian Church. He is the protector of tent-makers, theologians and the ecclesiastical press and is depicted with a sword. (Wikipedia).

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Location N 60°9'33" E 24°57'16"

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