Temppeliaukio Lutheran Church is one of the biggest attractions in Helsinki. It was designed by the Suomalainen brothers, both architects. It was officially opened in 1969. The interior was excavated out of rock, but is bathed in natural light through its glass dome. The church is often used as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics. This quality is achieved by rough rock surfaces that give the impression of a cave more than a church. The furniture of the church was also designed by the architects.
I was surprised to find most churches in Helsinki are closed on a Monday morning, but we realised that most of the locals don't usually go out until at least 11 am, so everything was closed until then. We imagined that Helsinki would be flat, but nothing is further from reality. At times it reminded me of San Francisco, with steep streets and buildings built on small hills, like this neo-Gothic church, which was built in 1891 by Molander. Apparently, it is the largest church in the Finnish capital, and has perfect acoustics, especially for choral type music. The towers are 74 metres high and the building can accommodate 2,600 people seated. It extends around a park with the same name, and in the Middle Ages it was where the citizens would come to celebrate the pagan rite of summer solstice, hence why it was chosen as a spot for a Christian church.
We had to walk a loooong way to reach the Kallio Church, at least it felt that way. It stands on a hill in the heart of Helsinki. I had expected the city to be flat, but sometimes it reminded me of San Francisco. The church itself was impressive, especially for a lover of Modernism like me. It was built in 1912 and restored in 1986. The inside it's not exactly overwhelming, but every evening at 6:00 the bells in the tower play a melody composed by the great Sibelius.