The Temppeliaukio Church / The Rock Church, Helsinki is located on a rocky hill and has been excavated inside the rock. The church is round in shape and its dome is surrounded by a strip of narrow skylights. Inside the dome is copper and excavated granite is left visible on the walls. The church is one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions and, due to its good acoustics, a popular concert venue. Last Friday I attended the 15th year anniversary concert of Chamber Choir Addictio where my son Harri sings bass.
I lived for a while in that red building seen at the background.
HERE you can find stunning photos of the church and text in English.
The page is really worth a visit!
Addictio is a Helsinki-based chamber choir founded by its singers in the autumn of 2005.
The choir was born out of the enthusiasm of its singers to form their own choir, where they could make as much music as possible, experimenting and to a high standard - not forgetting the fun.
Their basic repertoire includes traditional and new Finnish and European mixed choir music.
The present director is this handsome guy, Riku Laurikka (b. 1994) who graduated
from the Sibelius Academy’s choir conducting class as a master of music in the spring of 2021.
In 2017-2018, he studied at the University of the Arts in Graz, Austria.
These are the well-known stone steps that lead from Oksasenkatu up to
Temppeliaukio and the church.