Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Church in the Rock

The "Church in the Rock" or the Temppeliaukio Kirkko is so very Finnish in many ways, not the least of which is the fact that the walls are blasted right out of the surrounding granite. It was designed and built by two brothers and finished in 1969.

The massive roof is made of coiled copper and is magnificent to look at.

The dozens of tall windows that surround the copper let sunlight stream in and reflect off the copper on the balcony. In the center above, you can see some of the mineral and water seepage that comes right through the rock.

The acoustics are amazing. Michelle got to perform here as a kid with a choir group. Here you can see the organ. Up front is where orchestras perform.

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