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Temppeliaukion Church, Helsinki

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Known for its striking copper dome, Temppeliaukion 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. With our custom trip planner, Helsinki attractions like Temppeliaukion Church can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We enjoyed the rock church. We arrived about 30 minutes before closing time and got good pictures because there were fewer people at that time. No need to stay very long, but well worth the time and e...  more »
  • This Rock church is everything the guide books and reviews promise. Very moving, amazing engineering and just lovely  more »
  • Very unusual church and we were lucky that when we visited the choir were singing and we could hear the beautiful acoustics of the church.  more »
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  • Here is an extra star 🌟 it is sublime. An architectural inspiration. Stone, wood, copper, all used to stunning effect. Our visit was made special by an interpretive dance/throat signing/harmonica accompanied performance that even the staff couldn't explain.
  • Very interesting and unique church carved out of a huge boulder. Most impressive is the huge floating circular dome made of 13 miles of copper ribbon!
  • I loved it. I was lucky to be there at the hours when it was free for visitors. It is worth the visit definitely.
  • If you are the one who loves art and nature then this place could be a fantastic place to visit. Located in a very silent neighborhood in kamppi, the church is a Good place to contemplate or having a daily journey inside to get rid of daily life pressure. If you are lucky then you can enjoy some piano performances!!
  • An unconventional churches to see. It's built into a massive rock and presumably has good acoustics.