The Rock Church is really popular with the tourists, so might be hard to find a time when it's not swamped with people. When we arrived on a Sunday it wasn't open till later so we had to return and there were so many people in it, it was quite hard to enjoy the structure. Whilst interesting, it is also somewhat underwhelming. There was an announcement every few minutes reminding visitors to be quiet in various languages, ending with "sshhh...." in case you didn't get the drift - if that makes you want to visit the loo, beware as it's 1 euro!! We enquired about concerts in the evenings at the church and were told they have organ recitals around lunchtime, but it didn't really suit our plans and we were also warned that there might still be visitors during the recitals. It's a shame we weren't able to hear any live performances to listen to the acoustics. In terms of the crowd, perhaps the church needs to have a system where they limit the numbers of people in the church at any one time? It did feel a bit like you were at a circus rather than in a peaceful sanctuary of worship. Outside, you can see the granite outcrop that the church is built into and you can climb up the side to have a look at the copper dome from the top, which is interesting. A must-see in Helsinki for the architectural design however be prepared for the crowds.
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