THe Church of the Rock in Helsinki, Finland

Temppeliaukio Kirkko or the Church of the Rock, located in Helsinki, Finland, was constructed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and completed in 1969. It was built inside a 40 foot tall outcrop of granite by blasting the granite from within. From the outside, the Church of the Rock is barely noticeable except for the copper dome just above the level of the rock. The church is a popular tourist attraction in Helsinki, serving as a Lutheran Church and hosting classical concerts. During the day, the interior of the church is well lit by natural light and is highlighted by copper accents and a dome of copper wire.

The Church of the Rock - Exterior

The Church of the Rock – Exterior

SOURCE: The Church of the Rock – Exterior (Helsinki, Finland), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 Aug 2010.

The Church of the Rock - Interior

The Church of the Rock – Interior

SOURCE: The Church of the Rock – Interior (Helsinki, Finland), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 Aug 2010.

The Church of the Rock - Organ

The Church of the Rock – Organ

SOURCE: The Church of the Rock – Organ (Helsinki, Finland), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 Aug 2010.

The Church of the Rock - Copper Dome Ceiling

The Church of the Rock – Copper Dome Ceiling

SOURCE: The Church of the Rock – Copper Dome Ceiling (Helsinki, Finland), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 03 Aug 2010.

Copyright © 2010 by Stephen J. Danko

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