Interiors of a church, Temppeliaukion Kirkko, Helsinki, Finland

Getty Images/Panoramic Images

Temppeliaukion Kirkko


Hewn into solid stone, the Temppeliaukion church, designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in 1969, feels close to a Finnish ideal of spirituality in nature – you could be in a rocky glade were it not for the stunning 24m-diameter roof covered in 22km of copper stripping. The acoustics are exceptional; regular concerts take place here. Opening times vary, depending on events and seasons, so check online before visiting. There are fewer tour groups to navigate around midweek.

A short prayer is offered in English at noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Helsinki attractions

1. Kunsthalle Helsinki


Housed in a Jugendstil-style building dating back to 1928, Kunsthalle Helsinki hosts up to seven major, mostly contemporary exhibitions every year. Recent…

2. Tennispalatsi

0.24 MILES

The 1938-completed Tennispalatsi (Tennis Palace) cultural and recreation centre was intended for the 1940 Summer Olympics, which were subsequently…

3. Helsinki Art Museum

0.24 MILES

Inside the Tennispalatsi, Helsinki's contemporary-art museum oversees 9000 works, including 3500 citywide public artworks. The overwhelming majority of…

4. Luonnontieteellinen Museo

0.25 MILES

The city’s natural history museum is known for its controversial weathervane of a sperm impregnating an ovum. Modern exhibitions such as Story of the…

5. Kansallismuseo

0.27 MILES

Built in National Romantic art nouveau style and opened in 1916, Finland’s premier historical museum looks a bit like a Gothic church with its heavy…

6. Parliament House

0.28 MILES

Finland's imposing parliament building was designed by Finnish architect Johan Sigfrid Sirén and inaugurated in 1931. Its pared-back neoclassicism…

7. Mannerheim Statue

0.39 MILES

This equestrian statue of Finland's most famous military commander stands next to the Kiasma museum.

8. Kiasma


One in a series of elegant, contemporary buildings in this part of town, curvaceous, metallic Kiasma, designed by Steven Holl and finished in 1998, is a…