Monday, February 20, 2012

This church rocks!

Unfortunately, we'll never find out if it really rocks!

We went to Helsinki's famous rock church (Temppeliaukio) today for church services in English. We had heard they had great music and great acoustics there and we were ready for a joyful service. Unfortunately, when we got there, they said the services had been moved to another location, so we just stayed put and soaked up the ambience of one of Helsinki's most visited landmarks.

balcony view

view back



organ pipes

While most of the church is hewn out of, well, rock of course, the round, domed ceiling is made of over 20 km of copper strips.

copper ceiling

The walls beg to be touched.

rock juts


We arrived on quite a snowy day, so all we could see from the outside was mounds of snow. But this is what it looks like from the outside when there isn't any snow. (Today, I'm feeling like we will NEVER see grass here!)


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