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The Church of Suomenlinna was originally built as a Greek-Orthodox garrison church in 1854. At the time, the building had five towers with onion-shaped domes. The appearance of the church, which is a prominent feature of Helsinki’s view to the south, was changed soon after Finnish independence and it was converted into an Evangelical-Lutheran church. The present appearance of the church dates back to the 1920s. The church steeple still doubles as a lighthouse which guides both air traffic and ships.
The church of Suomenlinna is popular for weddings. The church seats 400 people and Suomenlinna is part of the Helsinki cathedral congregation.
The light serves as the rear light of a range, with the front light being the Harmaja lighthouse 4.8 km (3 mi) to the south. Located at the highest point of the island of Suomenlinna, southeast of Helsinki. The island is accessible by bridge.