The rain was heavy when we woke but not to worry, there are always interesting places to visit in the city even if the sun isn’t shining. Our first stop was at the Temppeliaukio Church also known as the ‘Church in the Rock’ located in the Töölö district in the city centre.
The church opened in 1967 and was built directly into the solid rock. It does not have any church bells but a recording of bells is played by loudspeakers on an exterior wall. The interior is bathed in natural light which enters through the skylight surrounding the central copper dome. The church is frequently used as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics and I’m aware of this because one of my Finnish teaching colleagues was a member of the Lauttasaari choir and sometimes performed here. From the exterior you wouldn’t realise it was a church at all, except for the cross, but because of the weather I haven’t included a photo from outside.
Going inside, the museum has galleries portraying different periods in Finnish history from ancient times to the modern day. I particularly enjoyed looking at furniture and household items. Just look at these Grandfather and Grandmother clocks, I have never seen the one looking like a woman with her hands on her hips, have you ?
Wall murals, Kaisaniemi Metro Station, Helsinki
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