Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

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Known for its striking copper dome, Temppeliaukio Church has been carved from rock in the heart of the city. Designed by siblings Tim and Tuomo Suomalainen and finished in 1969, this distinctive Lutheran church is directly excavated into rock. Explore the church's interior, which consists of rock and marble walls, with the shining copper dome supported by concrete beams at the top of the structure. Note the light shining in through the skylight on what is commonly called the Church of Rock. Take time to listen to the acoustics, made possible by the church's exposed walls. Temppeliaukio Church is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Helsinki Edition.
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  • Church in the rock, or a rock in the church, Do not know. One thing is for sure, the brilliant work of the architect and the wonderful acoustics. It is not like a church in the traditional sense, but it is still worth a visit, because it is a unique place and attraction of the city. Admission 3 euros. Usually from 10-18 concerts also work in the evenings.
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  • Art and design are intertwined with spirituality. The architecture is striking and the natural light plays interesting. It's a quick and low-cost visit - 3rd - so I recommend it.
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  • This Lutheran church is a contemporary masterpiece. It was in a very inner city location which was a surprise. The acoustics were superb, we were lucky enough to have an operatic singer (from another group) burst into song, which was very moving
  • Such a unique and beautiful church. Hard to believe it’s built into a rock! There’s a small entry fee, but it’s also included in the Helsinki Card. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay long and soak up the ambience as there are no bathrooms, and I was directed to the shopping centre which is a 10 minute walk away. So from that perspective, be aware it doesn’t rate very high on accessibility.
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