Temppeliaukio Church In The Rock

 

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Lutheran Temppeliauko church, called also Church In The Rock, is absolutely unique example of modern architectural design.


In 1930s, there was announced a competition for architects, but the beginning of war stopped works, and the final project was chosen in 1961. Winners, Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, presented solution, which make the church in the rock one of the biggest sacral attractions in Helsinki. From the outside it looks like a cave or bunker, without any towers only one central dome. Apart of the small cross on a façade, nothing in this shape remain a church. Interiors are more amazing – huge parts of walls are made of non-shaped stones, and a lower part of a dome is whole glazed. This interior is perfect for various concert, as pure rock don't make an after-sound.
The church doesn't have any bells, only the recording of ringing bells is played from loudspeakers.





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