Located in the Töölö neighborhood of Helsinki, the marvelous Temppeliaukio church is an architectural masterpiece that attracts tourists from all over the world.
A tremendous piece of architecture, the Temppeliaukio Church (also known as the church of the rock) was built in 1968 and later opened in 1969 when it swiftly became one of Helsinki's most renowned attractions.
Maintaining the original character of the square is the fundamental concept behind the building that was designed by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in 1961.
The interior was excavated and built directly out of solid rock and is bathed in natural light which enters through the skylight surrounding the center copper dome.
Completely original, there is simply nothing quite like this anywhere else in the world
The 24 m of diameter roof is made up of a copper plate-covered dome, connected to the natural rock wall by 180 window panes that let in natural light. Due to the varying height of the rock wall, each glass part of the roof is different in size and is truly mesmerizing to gaze at on arrival.
If you arrive at the church before noon, you will get the chance to admire the glorious light that spreads from the row of windows surrounding the roof periphery to the altar wall, where an ice-age crevice serves as the altarpiece.
Due to its excellent acoustics, the church is also a popular venue for concerts. It is small but beautiful and makes the best use of its natural resources. Temppeliaukion Church is a symbol for Finland itself and will undoubtedly go down in history as one of its most important sites.
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