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Review of Rock Church

Rock Church
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$58.10*
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Helsinki Small-Group Walking Tour
Ranked #18 of 269 things to do in Helsinki
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Owner description: Also known as "Church in the Rock," this modern church is carved from rock and has a stunning copper dome.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

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.

Thank doofvfood
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This church is not a big deal... it is not pretty at all.
Apart from the fact that it is dug in rock, its impressive copper ceiling and excellent acoustics. There is nothing else to see.

Thank rich_rg
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Great acoustics - a joy to follow the sound as it bounced off the stone. I loved the copper wire "cap" on the ceiling and the open framework of the ceilings frame letting in the light and a window to the heavens. A sacred place, built in a modern relevant style. A real jewel buried in a crowded neighborhood.

Thank Richard F
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Whether or not you like to visit churches or cathedrals,this one is most interesting,giving that it has, for the most part, been dug out of the bedrock of Helsinki. Great acoustics.Just be aware that many visitors don't Respect the fact that it is a holy place and speak at top volume.

Thank teachjap
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I researched through trip advisor of the top things to do in Helsinki. Rock Church was in the top 10 and I made it my No.1 on our day trip. It is an amazing church partially built into the local rock face. It opened after the morning service, so plan to go there around midday. When we got there, we was surprised at the size of the church, bigger than expected. The temperature inside was very hot and it was very busy with more than 100+ people. If you want time to relax and pray, it's not going to give you relaxation as to the amount of tourists there. We spent 30 minutes there.

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