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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Kerron Montgomery (13 months ago)
Pretty cool stop on a city tour. Totally worth a few minutes to see the unique architecture of this church as well as the grandeur. We enjoyed taking a quiet minute out of the day to spend here. Totally would recommend this place. Maybe not the TOP, but as part of the city hop-on hop-off, it was a great stop!
Paulo Gustavo (14 months ago)
What a supreme construction! Unique in all areas! Sit back and realize how Amazing things humans can achieve when they set their minds to it! Enjoy it to the MAX!
Tim Posney (14 months ago)
Not sure what I expected, but was vaguely disappointed. It is pretty utilitarian and being carved out of rock had quite a chill feeling. Worth a visit but don't believe all the hype.
James H (16 months ago)
It must have taken a great deal of determination to build this amazing church, as solid rocks had to be blasted away to make room for the great hall. Very humbling to see some of the exposed rock faces and the giant copper dome overhead seemingly focusing lots of energy downwards.
Daniel DeNinno (2 years ago)
The church was breathtaking, a great sight nestled right in the heart of Helsinki. However, it was filled to the brim with tourists and a little loud and crowded. We still greatly enjoyed the architecture and history!
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