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On the way to Porvoo, you will drive through Helsinki, past the bustling open-air market and several grand works of architecture, including the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, and expansive Senate Square in the heart of the city. Here, you will stop briefly to see the Lutheran Cathedral, which was called St. Nicholas' Church (in honor of Tsar Nicholas I) until Finland became independent from Russia in 1917. Another marquee attractions along the way include the New Opera House, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum, the imposing Parliament building, and the Contemporary Art Museum. Once in Porvoo, you will begin a leisurely walking tour. A sense of history pervades the entire town, as Porvoo is the second oldest in Finland, receiving its charter in 1346 from the Swedish king, Magnus Eriksson. See the medieval cathedral where Tsar Alexander I convened the Diet (a legislative body) of Porvoo in 1809 and proclaimed Finland a Russian Grand Duchy. Stroll through the picturesque cobblestone streets lined with brightly painted wooden buildings. Stop at the Old Bridge of Porvoo, which spans the Porvoo River, for a magnificent view of the old town. Then, enjoy time on your own, perhaps admiring the impressive gardens and browsing through the handicraft shops and antique stores.
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