Opened in 1969, Temple Square church was built inside the bedrock of the square and is widely known as the Rock Church.

The square is 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) from the South Harbour market place. Tram 3T goes straight there in 16 minutes (7th stop). Ask to be told when to get off; the church isn't easily visible.Highslide JS

Rock Church opening times
Daily from 10:00, 11:45 on Sundays

It is not an ancient temple but a very modern church produced by the simplest of methods – excavating a large cave. The altar wall is majestic rock. The dome is copper but with windows all around it to admit light from the sky.

The rough, unworked stone surfaces inside had an expected side-effect. They created excellent acoustics, and the church is often used as a concert venue.Highslide JS

The rock church is a favourite sight of Helsinki. This is a mixed blessing in the summer, when it swarms with visitors and access roads become blocked with coaches.

The design was intended to make it unobtrusive but its success has changed all that. Try to get there early in the day if you can.

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