Construction of this fourth and final church designed by Alvar Aalto was completed in 1978, two years after his death. Though showcasing his signature design style (light-saturated interior, windows overlooking greenery, lots of joinery, elegant hanging lamps), its unusual features include a cross formed by glass bricks inserted into the exterior wall. Benches in the wedge-shaped nave are arranged in a pattern echoing the organ's pipes and a simple wooden cross hangs behind the altar, providing a visual focal point.

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1. Lahden Historiallinen Museo


Occupying a handsome late-19th-century manor house, Lahti’s historical museum stages hanging exhibitions illustrating aspects of the city's history, with…

2. Radio & TV Museo

0.51 MILES

Located in a decommissioned 1930s radio station crowning a gentle hill just south of the town centre, this museum has two floors of interactive exhibits…

3. Sibeliustalo

0.67 MILES

Designed by acclaimed Finnish architects Hannu Tikka and Kimmo Lintula, the spectacular extension to Lahti's main concert venue opened in 2000 and is…

4. Lahden Urheilukeskus

0.76 MILES

Dominated by three imposing ski jumps, the biggest standing 73m high and stretching 116m, Lahti’s Sports Centre is the city's major attraction. In summer,…

5. Hiihtomuseo

0.84 MILES

As well as a refurbished 'Sense of Skiing' exhibition that documents the history of the city's snow sports, this popular museum has a hugely enjoyable 3D…

6. Ski-Jump Observation Terrace

0.97 MILES

In summer you can take a chairlift (€4) up to this observation terrace at the top of the ski jumps at the Lahden Urheilukeskus; it's great if there’s…

7. Hollolan Kirkko

8.85 MILES

On the shores of Vesijärvi, this large church 17km northwest of Lahti is an elegant late-15th-century structure with steep gables; the bell tower dates…