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Temppeliaukio Church

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Why locals love it

It’s known as the 'rock church', but don’t be misled, as many a tourist has been - it's not Finland's answer to gospel choirs, it’s actually built into a rock. Opened in 1969, it was designed by the brothers Suomalainen (“Finnish” by name and Finnish by nature).

Why you should visit it

The interior of the church is excavated from the rock and allows natural light to enter the rough, exposed rock walls of this naturally resonant acoustical space. One of the most popular architectural attractions in Helsinki, look out for the classical music concerts which are sometimes held here in the summer.

Special tip

Feel free to wander in and gawk, the congregation is used to it.

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10 Comments

An amazing space but ruined by the bus loads of cruise tourists crashing the place. We couldn't move for selfie sticks and sun visors. Such a shame.
Gareth
Traveller
August 23, 2019
Is there a concert on tomorrow?
Suzanne
Traveller
June 14, 2018
Beautiful♡
Silja
Local
November 30, 2017
Hello! The entrance to Temppeliaukio church is actually not free anymore. Since the 1st of January 2017 they charge 3€ admission fee from adults. Children under 18 years old are free to enter without paying. Also on fridays after 15:00 there is free entrance for a few hours. :)
saara
Local
November 14, 2017
I didn't like this place, the fact one must pay an entrance here, even though just 3€ really draw me out. How does one think that entrance to a church should be charged I do not understand.
Tamara
Traveller
October 10, 2017

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