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Temppeliaukio Church history

Temppeliaukio Church history

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1906
The street plan for southern Töölö was laid out at the turn of the century after a planning contest had been brought to a close. Most contest proposals expected a monumental building, most often a church, to be built on the hill of Tunturilaakso (the site of Temppeliaukio Church today).

1932
After negotiations were over, the parish council decided to announce an open design contest for the church itself and its location. 57 proposals were given of which two architects, Kaj Englund and Lasse Björk, were given second place.

1936
The outcome of the competition did not please the contest committee, and thus a new contest was announced. This time 23 proposals took part. As with the previous contest, the committee ended up giving out two prizes for second place. The prizes went to architects Martti Välikangas and Aarne Ervi along with Toivo Paatela. Third place went to Professor J. S. Siren. The parish council accepted Professor J. S. Siren’s drawings of a cathedral as the ground plan for the building project. Quarrying began in November 1939 but WWII soon brought the construction work to a halt.

1959
The parish council decides to give up continuing J. S. Siren’s plan.

1960
The parish council announces yet another architecture contest. 67 building proposals were left for the new church.

1961
Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen are announced the winners of the contest with their proposal of the “Rock Church".

1965
On January 1st Taivallahti begins operation as a congregation.

1966
New drawings of the church are approved on February 18th, 1966.

1967
The maximum budget for construction is drawn at 3,550,000 Finnish marks.

1968
Construction work begins February 14th, 1968.

1969
Temppeliaukio Church is inaugurated on September 28th, 1969.

2004
The total amount of people to have visited the Rock Church is 18 million.