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Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)

Lutherinkatu 3, Helsinki, Finland (Kampinmalmi)
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Description: Also known as "Church in the Rock," this modern church is carved from rock and has a stunning copper dome.
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Mandurah
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109 reviews 109 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The Temppeliaukio Church also known as the Church in the Rock is a must see if your visiting Helsinki. It is quite unlike any other church you may have visited as it has been carved out of a huge block of natural granite. Well worth a visit.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

You'd never guess it from outside, but this church amazes because of the simple grandeur of its interior. Constructed inside a huge outcrop of rock, the mass of the granite walls contrasts beautifully with the soft luminescence from the sweeping narrow windows. The acoustics are amazing and my only complaint was that when I visited so many people were talking... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This is most certainly a church with a difference. We walked from the city centre, which took a while, but not a problem. It's a church made from a huge hole in the rock and covered in a rock roof, but very well done, and something quite beautiful that Helsinki should be very proud of. Don't miss it.

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Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

What a stunning church. The exterior doesn't give much a clue to what is inside this beautiful church. The natural rock and the sensitive lighting combine to create a space that is peaceful and encourages quiet reflection rather more than many tourist orientated churches.

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Vancouver, Canada
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Strange church carved into a rock outcropping in central Helsinki, the church is round (which I thought was kind of a no-no in the Christian church?!) and makes great use of the natural materials of the rocks. Just a really tranquil room to sit in, and great accoustics when music is being performed. Steps from the 2 Tram just north... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Sure it is different and worth a short walk to see but do not rearrange your whole schedule. Modern but not a WOW type in my humble opinion.

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The "architecture," interior, is beautiful and very unusual, one of a kind, and the music is quieting to the soul. The church and its entrance are a bit hard to find, but the local people are glad to help point the way. It's worth the effort.

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TIRANA, ALBANIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I think the rock church is unique for how it is built. it raises from the bases of a rock and is built all around it. the acoustic inside the church is very impressive due to the presence of rock all around the structure. It was very interesting and nice to find parts of the Bible written in almost all... More

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Zelenograd, Russia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The stone Church in Helsinki struck me for their architectural design. Built in stone,great work ,extraordinary austere beauty Stands can be viewed from all sides and even climb on the stone in which it is embedded, the magnificent view from the top. Visit this place.

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Vancouver, BC CANADA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Even if you have had your fill of churches, don't skip this one. It's not just another church! This is a ave that must be experienced.

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