Thursday, July 9, 2015

Helsinki, Finland: Church of the Rock

Now here's some out-of-the-box thinking.

There was an unused plot of land in Helsinki that someone thought would be a nice spot for a church - in spite of the rocky nature of the site. World War II got in the way for a while, and the idea didn't receive any consideration until the 1960s. Finally, construction crews started digging into the rock, and a church opened on the spot in 1969.

Temppeliaukio Church has a copper dome and uses natural sunlight for illumination. As you might expect by the rock walls, the acoustics are rather interesting. That makes this a natural spot for concerts, etc.

One last point - there are no bells in the church. They use a recording.

I found a video on YouTube of an Emerson, Lake and Palmer song. Couldn't resist.

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