Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Beautiful Churches - Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko), Helsinki

Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko) in Helsinkiis also known as "Church in the Rock," this modern church is carved from rock and has a stunning copper dome.
Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko) in Helsinki
Looks like a bomb shelter from the outside, but the interior is wonderful. The Temppeliaukio/Tempelplatsen (Temple square) was selected as a location for a church in the 1930s,butit was interrupted in its early stages when the World War II began in 1939. Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko) was built in 1968-1969. If you thought you didn't like modern architecture for Churches; this will definitely change your mind. Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko) was designed by two architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, who chose a rocky outcrop as the site for their Church. Rock Church was built inside of a massive block of natural granite in the middle of Töölö, an ordinary residential square in Helsinki. The architects have built in a combination of natural and man-made features into the circular church and its features are quite striking. The walls are of bare rock, the ceiling is a giant disc made of entirely of copper wire and interior lighting is from natural light streaming through 180 vertical glass window panes that connect the dome and the wall. A solid copper-colored balcony provides a nice view of the church interior from above. The Lutheran Church is also frequently used to host classical concerts, with the raw rock walls, the acousticsare excellent.
Interior - Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)
There are no bells at the church, and a recording of bells composed by Taneli Kuusisto is played over the loudspeakers on the exterior wall. The dark and warm interior provides a beautiful place for worship. Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko Church) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Helsinki.
Church Timings :
Monday to Tuesday - 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,
Wednesday                - 10:00 AM to 06:45 PM,
Thursday to Friday    - 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,
Saturday                      - 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM,
Sunday                       - 11:45 AM to 01:45 PM & 03:30 to 06:00 PM

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