The spectacular Kallio church, designed by Lars Sonck and built in 1908–1912, represents the Finnish national romantic school of architecture, as well as a change to Art Nouveau. The bells of the tower play a melody composed by Jean Sibelius. Inside the church are numerous interesting details such as a crucifix and relief made by sculptor Hannes Autere.

In the beginning of independent Finland Tolstoyan movement took the church as their base and proclaimed pacifism there. During World War II the church tower was one of Helsinki's air control points. In good weather, you can see Estonia from the tower.

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Founded: 1908-1912
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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John Chen (5 months ago)
Modern Elegance church.
Chica (5 months ago)
One of my Top 10! Impressively massive and at the same time decorative church made of grey granite, which can be seen from almost everywhere. It is located in the centre of the former working-class district Kallio, today a trendy district, but also one of the few places where I met clearly alcoholized people during the day. The interior of the church is decorated in Nordic layer with Christian religious symbols such as lilies and palm fronds. To the left of the entrance there is an area with gold-coloured metal signs on the wall with the names of deceased parishioners, a table for flowers and candles. The church has two organs, good acoustics and is used for various concerts. Whoever has the opportunity to visit them should definitely do so. The young organist has German grandparents and speaks German very well. Really friendly people, nice pastor, got an ice cream and coffee was available. The surrounding green areas are partly decoratively planted, partly a small park with grassy areas with pretty little trees with spherical crowns. Opposite are beautiful art nouveau houses and another park with a bear sculpture and a lot of colourful flowers. --------------------------------------- Eines meiner Top 10 für Helsinki. Beeindruckend massive und gleichzeitig dekorative Kirche aus grauem Granit, die von fast überall zu sehen ist. Sie steht im Mittelpunkt des einstigen Arbeiterviertels Kallio, heute ein Szeneviertel, jedoch auch einer der wenigen Orte, wo ich tagsüber deutlich alkoholisierten Menschen begegnet bin. Das Innere der Kirche ist nordisch schicht mit christlichen religiösen Symbolen, wie Lilien und Palmenwedeln, geschmückt. Links neben dem Eingang befindet sich ein Bereich, an dessen Wand goldfarbene Metallschilder angebracht sind, auf denen sich die Namen verstorbener Gemeindemitglieder befinden, einem Tisch für Blumen und Kerzen. Die Kirche hat zwei Orgeln, eine gute Akustik und wird für verschiedene Konzerte genutzt. Wer die Möglichkeit hat, diese zu besuchen, sollte es auf jeden Fall tun. Der junge Organist hat deutsche Großeltern und spricht sehr gut deutsch. Die umliegenden Grünflächen sind teilweise dekorativ bepflanzt, teilweise ein kleiner Park mit Grasflächen mit hübschen kleinen Bäumen mit kugelrunden Kronen. Gegenüber sind schöne Jugendstilhäuser und ein weiterer Park mit einer Bärenskulptur und ausgesprochen vielen bunten Blumen.
Tatjana Torkel (6 months ago)
Charming church, post modern architecture. Coffee shop and music concerts.
Gnome Reginam (11 months ago)
It's a beautiful, spacious church, often peaceful with only a few visitors and the organ player. I walked in once and there was no one there, - seemingly - sat down and just took a moment. It was almost Christmas and it smelled really nice inside. And then the organ player suddenly started a playing. Just for me. :) And the concerts they have inside tend to be gorgeous as well.
Luke Murray (2 years ago)
Stunning church with subtle art nouveau influences. Understated interior, but enjoyed the column head detailing. Worth a visit for sure.
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