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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Daniel DeNinno (2 months 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!
JJ “Kundera42” (3 months ago)
A church built on and in rock is a beautiful symbol in itself. Beautiful architecture with a massive copper clad roof. Furniture is a bit dated. Entrance is 4,- for tourist walk-around.
Karl S (4 months ago)
One of the most beautiful churches you'll ever see. Definitely worth a visit. Try to be there when a concert is held because the acoustic is phenomenal
Angie Funfar (4 months ago)
This is such a beautiful church carved into the rock. It is interesting to view inside as well as outside. It has interesting acoustics, too. What a lovely place to worship the Lord!
Mik B. (5 months ago)
Very unusual church but ypu must pay to visit
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