One Day in Helsinki, Finland | Baltic Sea Cruise

Not far from Sibelius Park, and closer to the central part of the city we were able to go inside the uniquely designed Temppeliaukio Kirkko, also know as Rock Church. Construction on the Church began in 1968 and was finished a year later in 1969. The architects chose a rocky outcrop rising about 40 feet above street level, and blasted out the walls from the inside. The underground Rock Church is built inside of a massive block of natural granite in the middle of an ordinary residential square, as shown here on this Google Map satellite image. Click on the image and you can easily see the copper dome supported by the vertical window panes that surround it.

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The structure is barely visible from outside, with only the copper dome poking out of the rock. Inside, the church is circular and enclosed by walls of bare rock, and the ceiling is a giant disc made of copper wire, the design of which actually makes the ceiling look higher than it really is. The interior is lit by natural light streaming through 180 vertical window panes that connect the dome and the wall.

The combination of the stone, copper, metal, and glass makes for an interesting combination of shapes, textures,  and patterns on the ceiling surrounding the copper dome, as illustrated in this short slideshow.

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6 responses to “One Day in Helsinki, Finland | Baltic Sea Cruise

  1. If You were in Helsinki only one day, You saw a lot of things! Well, Helsinki is in beautiful town even in Winter. It is pity that You did not see the real Finland, outside Helsinki. To understand better my words, You cannot say that You know U.S.A. after visiting Miami! Anyway, it was very nice that You visited Finland, thank You. To get a tiny idea about Finland offers, check my:

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    • Thanks, Sartenada. Unfortunately, it was a whirlwind city tour, but enough to make me want to return. And your wonderful lake photos do too. What a magnificent collection of beautiful images of your countryside!

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