Temppeliaukio Church

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Temppeliaukio Church
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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Monday
11:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Also known as "Church in the Rock," this modern church is carved from rock and has a stunning copper dome.
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< 1 hour
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4.5
8,687 reviews
Excellent
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2,932
Average
1,142
Poor
192
Terrible
71

Heli P
Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
Mar 2022
I was overwhelmed by the impression live music made on the athmosphere of the building having never heard it before. This was an extempore visit to a free concert given by the official representative orchestra of Finland, the oldest professional too dating back to 1819. The Guards Band didn't play any classical military music but modern pieces by Finnish composers like Magnus Lindberg's Gran Duo. Sounds by the wind instruments resonated from the rock walls and copper cupola.
Written March 31, 2022
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Fahad A. Al-Thenayyan
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia320 contributions
Feb 2020
The place looks nice and very well designed, I’m an Architect so I was amazed by how it was partially hewn from the bedrock and how the glass panels were arrayed on the roof. The tickets were around 5-6 euro each and we spent about 10 mins there.. I didn’t feel like it was built as a church and therefore somewhat less spiritual but my wife really felt it was a calming space.. worth a visit if you’re in Helsinki.

Best regards,,
Fahad A.
Written February 16, 2020
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BluesGuitar
Helsinki, Finland40 contributions
Apr 2019
This church is inside of the base rock. The architecture is very unique, but the most amazing is the peaceful and harmonious aura and feeling you get when visiting here. Go in and just sit down for 10-15 minutes from your busy schedule or join the Sunday service - it is free. Will clean your mind from tiny worries.
Written March 3, 2020
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Joyman L
Perth, Australia1,334 contributions
Oct 2019
Open during non-mass sessions, tickets can be bought immediatley upon entry through the glass doors. Tickets have to be purchsed with cash as they did not have card payment facilities when we were there so have some euros ready. We went when it was just opening and the queue was long with the addition of tour buses. Inside it was somewhat noisy due to the number of people and there were everal PA announcements made to remain hushed.

Try to visit when its less busy to appreciate the ambience and respect the sanctity of the place.
Written January 11, 2020
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
Sep 2019
An amazing church! I spent a few minutes here on my first visit to Helsinki in 2018. On that trip, I was alone, and I was more keen on museums! This time, I was with my wife, so we did things on a leisurely scale. We spent about an hour here. The church has been hewn out of solid rock (floor and walls). The roof is a copper dome, and in-between there are windows which provide plenty of natural light. It is worth seeing as a church. But, even if you are a non-believer, it is worth seeing purely for the architecture. There is a small entrance fee, but it is free for those with a Helsinki card. One thing: while it is called Rock Church in English, the Finnish name is totally different. If you want directions, it would help if you write down the Finnish name! Photos freely allowed. But, please remember it is a place of worship, so some decorum is expected!
Written August 20, 2020
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Dear Alex, thank you so much for your utmost accurate description of the church and of all our main features. And you are absolutely right: the Finnish name is Temppeliaukion kirkko which literally translates into The Church of the Temple Square. Hopefully we will see you as our guest(s) a third time :)
Written August 21, 2020
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Suresh C
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States876 contributions
Apr 2022
This is the best place that I visited out of my two days trip to Helsinki. Rocky walls and metallic looking ceiling makes the difference to ones we normally go as church. We are lucky to witness choir and opera - it was more a practice event, but accoustic, music and the environment was excellent. Very nominal fee for entrance - escape from cold outside as well for a good time that we spent there.
Written May 13, 2022
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Andy A
Nottingham, UK22 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
This is a must to visit whilst in Helsinki. Simply incredible from an engineering perspective as this church was literally dynamited into the existence. You can see the channels where the dynamite was drilled in to the rock. The roof, which is made from 14 kilometres of copper is breath taking. The 1960’s design is like something from a sci-fi movie. Apparently the acoustics here is extraordinary so would love to come back to listen to a classic concert here one day.
Written January 30, 2022
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Mediterranean Tangierian
Tangier, Morocco1,123 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
I may say that this is the most beautiful original church I’ve ever seen.
Actually built inside a huge rock, u can feel and sense originality and creativeness.
A must visit.
Entry costs 4euros.
Written November 16, 2021
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alyonaspe
Moscow, Russia24 contributions
Feb 2020
I've been told that it's the #1 attraction in Helsinki, so it's a must-see. It wasn't crowded at all. I think I should've tried and visited during service or musical performance. Or maybe allow more time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Otherwise, there was not much to see, I spent only five minutes there and ran along to another place of interest. The ticket price is 3 euro. On Sunday attending the mass is free, but the visitors are asked to stay till the end (~1.5 hours) — would have done it if I had time.
Written February 16, 2020
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frequentflyersuffolk
Sudbury, UK295 contributions
Sep 2021
A really beautiful church. Exterior view is very uninspiring but the interior is an incredible feat of architecture. Very peaceful and tranquil. The acoustics were amazing. Well worth 4 euros unless you have a museum pass then it is free.
Written September 19, 2021
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Temppeliaukio Church is open:
  • Mon - Mon 11:15 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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