Temppeliaukio Church

Helsinki, Finland

Quarried out of the natural bedrock, The Temppeliaukio church is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city; half a million people visit it annually. The interior walls are created naturally by the rock. The church was designed by architects Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and opened in 1969. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts.


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Founded: 1969
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Independency (Finland)


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Haroon Sadiq (2 years ago)
Beautiful church. Very unique. You need to pay to enter. I also heard a sermon in English. I think they do English sermons on Monday afternoon. I am not Christian so I can't rate from prayer/sermon/praying facility point of view but still I can say that it is very nice and unique church in the whole world
Sang Tran Ngoc (2 years ago)
A must-try attraction when you visit Helsinki. Very beautiful, peaceful and holy place to not only Christians but also tourists. A special church was created by carving into a huge stone. So the locals call it as "the stone church". There are often many musical performance here and I usually spend some free time to listen music here to balance my life and work. Highly recommended
Maria Schwartz (2 years ago)
Beautiful rock church open daily from 10a - 7 p except Sundays. They offer 15 minute tours in English and Finnish. Cost to get in is 5 euro. Very lovely. Their summer cafe is open for summer months of June - August.
Nerea GS (2 years ago)
Most amazing church EVER. Such a beautiful and peaceful place. Design and architecture is outstanding. We happen to be there at the time of the mass in English and I am not a religious person but the mass was beautiful. The priest sang very nice and the acoustics were fantastic
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