Wednesday, 25 July 2012

A natural church in the rocks, Temppeliaukio church in Helsinki

This was one of the places during our Helsinki trip that we had to see. A church or temple cut out in the rocks. Just like the Helsinki cathedral, this is a Lutheran church. The interior is sober again, but unique with the rock walls. Between the flat iron looking like dome and the rock formation, there is a tunnel of glass which brings sunlight into the church. The glass and pillars construction must be extremely strong to hold this one piece metal roof. This young modern church is known for its sound quality. There is a large organ and a wing piano. During our visit a girl played the piano. The purple blue colours of the seats give the interior a warm feeling. This is one of the most special churches we ever visited.

De Tempelkerk of Rotskerk in Helsinki was een plaats die bovenaan ons bezoeklijstje stond gedurende onze Helsinki trip. Net zoals de Kathedraal is deze kerk Lutheraans. Het interieur is terug sober maar uniek door de rotsmuren. Tussen de platte metaalachtige koepel en de rotsformaties is er een tunnel van glas waardoor het zonlicht binnenkomt. Deze constructie van pilaren en glas moet enorm sterk zijn om dit uit één stuk bestaande metalen dak te dragen. Deze jonge moderne kerk staat bekend omwille van de goede geluidskwaliteit. Het bezit een groot orgel en een vleugelpiano. Gedurende ons bezoek speelde een jonge artieste op de piano. De paarsblauwe kleuren van de stoeltjes geven het interieur een warme uitstraling. Dit is één van de meest speciale kerken die we ooit hebben bezocht..
 
Rock church Helsinki

Rock church Helsinki

Rock church Helsinki

Rock church Helsinki

Rock church Helsinki

Rock church Helsinki

Rock church Helsinki

Rock church Helsinki

Rock church Helsinki

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14 comments:

  1. In de diepte gebouwd in plaats van in de hoogte, Filip ?! Prachtig ! Moet ontzettend geliefd zijn als concertzaal !
    Lie(f)s.

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  2. When I look your fotos, I almost can't understand that them are from Helsinki..:)
    You took very beautifull images. I have to go myself to see the church again. There are so many many years from the last time.. It's too near.
    Thanks again.
    Hugs.

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  3. Again some really interesting architecture you reveal. A very interesting concept to build a church in to the rocks.

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  4. That's very interesting, the church built in to the rocks. The inside looks very spacious and cosy too.. A nice atmosphere to worship in

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  5. wow, from the outside it seemed like it would be dim inside, but the interior is bright, the glass and pillars construction must indeed be very strong to hold the metal roof, this architecture is very interesting.

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  6. This is so clever yet simple and has an inviting interior.

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  7. Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! magnifique cette église!!!! c'est une très belle réussite avec la pierre!!!!! bisous

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  8. Een echte rotskerk. Die in Ethiopië zijn nog iets indrukwekkender.

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  9. Such a beautiful church! Geeat to be closer to the natural world when we worship...

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  10. dit is wel heel bijzonder en interessant Filip. Groetjes en een fijn weekend, Dietmut

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  11. A beautiful church indeed. The exterior hides a hidden wonder.

    Anna :o]

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  12. Wow, how unique. From the distance, one might not know about the hidden church. I imagine the music from the organ travels far outside its rock walls.

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