Wanderlust by Jona

Travel. Wanderlust. Blog. Photographer. Amanda Jona. Explore. Adventure. World. Traveller

Helsinki Cathedral - Helsinki, Finland

 
 Helsinki Cathedral is such a distinctive part of the Helsinki cityscape.
 
Just google Helsinki and you find this majestic building in pretty much every picture. It is also one of Helsinki's most visited buildings with almost 350 000 visitors annually. The cathedral, who is called Helsingin tuomiokirkko in Finnish, was completed in 1852 and is still used regularly for religious services and weddings and has the compacity of 1300 people.
 
The white exterior with the green domes really appeals to me, but I have to admit that the interior wasn't blowing me away. I think I had imagined the interior to be a little bit more like St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, so I was surprised that everything was pretty simple and white. Although, I can just imagine how pretty it must be to get married in here! I've worked as a wedding photographer and can with experience say that it would be easy shooting beautiful and bright wedding photos in this environment ;)
 
Read more about my trip to Helsinki
 
 
 
Quick facts about Helsinki Cathedral
 
Name: Helsingin tuomiokirkko
Opened: 1852
Visitors: 350 000 annually
Entrance fee: No entrance fee
Location: Unioninkatu 29, Helsinki
Opening hours: Open daily 9 am–6 pm, June–August 9 am–midnight. Sightseeing visits are not possible during church ceremonies.
 
My rating: 
★★★/★★★★★
 
 
 
Are you on Pinterest? Don't forget to pin this post so you can find it again later.

 

Rock Church - Helsinki, Finland

 
During my quick visit to Helsinki in the beginning of this week, I had a look at the famous Rock Church
- or Temppeliaukion kirkko as the Finnish calls it.
 
Opened in 1969, this church was built into solid rock, hence the nickname "Rock Church". It is one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions and there where a lot of people who wrote to me on Instagram before my trip telling me that I had to go there and I really understand why.
 
The architecture-nerd in me just loved the place. It does not scream religion (and I think that there where actually just one cross in the whole place?) and it feels more like a calm place to go when the world is too stressful than a place for prayer. There were a lot of people just sitting there with a book and I could totally see myself doing the same thing if I lived in Helsinki, it was just something special about the atmosphere. I can also imagine going to a concert at Rock Church, the acoustics have to be amazing with that round architecture with a copper roof.
 
Read more about my trip to Helsinki
Travel Diary - Helsinki Cathedral - Mumin Kaffe
 

 
Quick facts about Rock Church
 
Name: Temppeliaukion kirkko (Temple Square Church in English)
Opened: 1969
Visitors: Half a million annually
Entrance fee: 3€ (Free with Helsinki Card)
Location: Lutherinkatu 3, Helsinki
Opening hours: Differs, so make sure to keep updated before you go
 
My rating: 
★★★★/★★★★★
 
 
  
Are you on Pinterest? Don't forget to pin this post so you can find it again later.