Temppeliaukio Church is one of the most popular attractions in Helsinki.
The church has been designed by architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen. The church was inaugurated on September 28th, 1969.
The construction of the church was not welcomed by everyone. Residents of southern Töölö wanted a place of worship of their own but the world situation in the 1960’s affirmed the wide-spread opinion that there were already enough churches in downtown Helsinki.
The money that was to be used to build the church should have been used to help relieve the world’s hunger problems. The Biafran crisis was ongoing.
The church was built with the accompanying facilities being smaller than originally planned. Building expenses turned out surprisingly low.
The church’s unique architectural image and lively activity rate was enough to silence the voice of criticism.
Maila Mehtälä has written an interesting book about Temppeliaukio Church, called “Temppeliaukio – kirkko Suursaaresta länteen" (WSOY, in Finnish) in which she describes in minute detail the different phases of designing and building the church along with telling the story of the architect brothers behind the project. Technical information and pictures give insight into the story of the making of the church and bring their own visual element into the experience.
Temppeliaukio Church is the center of worship and congregational activities for the congregation of Töölö together with congregations other church, Töölö Church.
The Temppeliaukio church is a popular place for different kinds of musical events. The church is an excellent arena for concerts because of its outstanding acoustics, and in fact concerts take place there every week. During the holiday season, concerts are given almost daily.
This church inside the rock, with its amazing architecture, is visited by half a million people each year. During the summer months and the peak season for tourists, the daily visitor count can reach up to 8,000 people.
tel. +358 9 2340 6320
Opening hours are subject to change as per Sunday morning Service or other church ceremonies
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Tickets to church are 3 euro/person. Admission is free to all church events.
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Design history of the Church
Old archive footage