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Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)

Lutherinkatu 3, Helsinki, Finland (Kampinmalmi)
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Ranked #6 of 147 attractions in Helsinki
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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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Columbus, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

You don't need to spend a lot of time here, but definitely go. There's a nominal fee. You can also use the bathroom for 1 Euro. This was a trip highlight for my husband and me. The way this church is carved into rock is awesome. It was crowded, but we were fortunate enough to catch a Canadian youth choir... More

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Switzerland
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10 attraction reviews
605 helpful votes 605 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Full of tourists, but I have to say that while it was an interesting architectural sight, you really only have to spend about 5 minutes here (unless there is a concert to listen to). But since there are not so many "must sees" in Helsinki, you might as well have a look! Decent souvenir shop across the street too with... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Found it very interesting architecturally and spiritually. The acoustics are very good. Didn't like seeing foreign students climbing over the top of it which I thought showed a lack of respect.

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Milan, Italy
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As titled, such an incredible place. Right in the middle of Helsinki, you find this structure excavated right into hard granite, almost an Alpine view. But the real treasure lies inside it. The rock merges with the glass and the copper ceeling, with light diffusing from it. An organ lies next to the altar, and relaxing music usually resonates trough... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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59 reviews 59 reviews
51 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I stayed with a couchsurfing host who is a local to Helsinki and he told me that there was nothing special about this church but it attracted lots of tourist. Haha, what a logic! Anyway, since I was a tourist, I had to check it out. My goodness, I was so lucky that when I was there, there was a... More

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Lahti, Finland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I visited this famous church very first time during my weekend visit in Helsinki. I was surprised that there were so many foreign tourist and tourist groups. Of course this church has strong architectural value but in my opinion it is not a major attraction of capital of Finland. However, you can probably feel the difference and Nordic church spirit.

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Sacramento, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Almost enough to make me attend regularly! Groundbreaking architectural church. It breaks the mold. Usually I prefer to skip churches after five or six, but not this one. Visit does not take long, but it is one of the jewels of Helsinki. Traveling thru the city opens your eyes to the Finnish standard of living And then to enter this... More

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Colorado
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I was somewhat disappointed with my visit here. There were masses of tourists filling the church. Also, it wasn't as spectacular as one would expect with all of the advertisement. It was nice to arrive during a piano concert.

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georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I love church architecture, so was excited about seeing the Rock Church. But other than the rock, it's nothing special. It's a 1960s modern church. There were so many tourists inside that we weren't able to appreciate the wonderful acoustics for which the church is known. It's only worth a stop if you're nearby.

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Beautiful church not to be missed if you like to see exotic places. I loved to be there it was just no words for this place. I took the day tour and I have enjoyed each second of the tour. I stopped there and i had a nice time. It is a busy but quite place.

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