Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko) in Helsinkiis also known as “Church in the Rock,” this modern church is carved from rock and has a stunning copper dome.
Looks like a bomb shelter from the outside, but the interior is wonderful. The Temppeliaukio/Tempelplatsen (Temple square) was selected as a location for a church in the 1930s,butit was interrupted in its early stages when the World War II began in 1939. Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko) was built in 1968-1969.If you thought you didn’t like modern architecture for Churches; this will definitely change your mind. Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko) was designed by two architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, who chose a rocky outcrop as the site for their Church. Rock Church was built inside of a massive block of natural granite in the middle of Töölö, an ordinary residential square in Helsinki. The architects have built in a combination of natural and man-made features into the circular church and its features are quite striking. The walls are of bare rock, the ceiling is a giant disc made of entirely of copper wire and interior lighting is from natural light streaming through 180 vertical glass window panes that connect the dome and the wall. A solid copper-colored balcony provides a nice view of the church interior from above. The Lutheran Church is also frequently used to host classical concerts, with the raw rock walls, the acousticsare excellent.
There are no bells at the church, and a recording of bells composed by Taneli Kuusisto is played over the loudspeakers on the exterior wall. The dark and warm interior provides a beautiful place for worship. Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko Church) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Helsinki.
Church Timings :
Monday to Tuesday – 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,
Wednesday – 10:00 AM to 06:45 PM,
Thursday to Friday – 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,
Saturday – 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM,
Sunday – 11:45 AM to 01:45 PM & 03:30 to 06:00 PM