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    Helsinki, Finland

    This is on the outside, one of the most anonymous churches I have payed a visit.
    The Temppeliaukion kirkko (Temple square curch) in Helsinki.

    The entrance.




    This is the only sign that indicates that this is a curch.

    Ĝistein

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    Re: Helsinki, Finland

    The altar



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      #3
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      The organ



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        #4
        Re: Helsinki, Finland

        The font



        The gallery

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          Do you know, I think that is one of the most beautiful churches I have seen, except that the "porchway" looks a bit too much like an entrance to an underground bunker! The use of the natural rockface, the simplicity of the almost informal layout and the absence of decoration exude purity and seem to be conducive to relaxation and contemplation, whether one belongs to a particular religion or not.
          How I would just love to hear the organ reverberating in that wonderful space. Do you know who built it, Oistein?
          Ivy

          "To thine own self be true.......
          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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            #6
            Re: Helsinki, Finland

            absolutely agree with Ivy.This church is a very powerful artwork.

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              #7
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              I also love the 'Rock Church' - think it's a hugely special place, and Ĝistein has captured a lot of the atmosphere. Bit more information here. According to that the Organ is a 43 stop instrument built by Veikko Virtannen.

              Only problem can be if a visit coincides with a couple of coach groups who may not be respecting the quiet and peace of the place.

              One of the best bits of hidden Helsinki, we were introduced to it by a good Finnish friend and colleague.

              I can't believe we haven't had a thread for Helsinki pictures before - thanks Ĝistein.
              Last edited by PoloUK; July 10th, 2013, 22:32.
              Cheers,

              Mark.

              www.pologlover.co.uk

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                #8
                Re: Helsinki, Finland

                The church was designed by the Finnish architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen.
                One cool detail is the cupper roof, quite traditional on the outside, but the inside great with it's circle shaped pattern.

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                  Many thanks, Mark, for the link. It is very interesting to read there that the church as it is now is but a quarter the size of that originally planned by the brothers Suomalainen. I try to imagine it on a larger scale but somehow, although that would be awe-inspiring, it would be almost keeping the visitor at a distance, whereas this more intimate size is very much a part of its appeal. It welcomes one, you feel free to enter and be part of it.
                  Yes, and thank you indeed, Oistein, for showing us this beauty. Do show us more of Helsinki.
                  Ivy

                  "To thine own self be true.......
                  Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                    #10
                    Re: Helsinki, Finland

                    Cue a copper roof - can't believe that it was 2009 we came back that way, time moves far, far too quickly.





                    And another view upwards.

                    Cheers,

                    Mark.

                    www.pologlover.co.uk

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                      What an amazing and beautiful design!

                      That looks like a really beautiful concept!
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