Long time ago we saw a Spanish programme about Spaniards living in Helsinki. They were giving a tour through the city and showing it from their perspective. From the programme I recalled two places I wanted to visit had we ever gone there – the Rock Church and the Sibelius Monument. However, it ain’t so easy when you have three small children with their own idea how the “time nice spent” looks like.
Luckily it was Helsinki – the city of parks and playgrounds. The most children-friendly city I have ever been to. Odds were definitely on my side! We made a very nice route “tram ride – playground – picnic in a park – playground – playground – tram ride” which (totally accidentally of course ;) ) led by both of these landmarks.
The Rock Church (Temppeliaukion kirkko) is one of the most popular tourists attraction in Helsinki. Located in the very heart of the city, was designed by architects Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and completed in 1969.
Build directly into the solid rock is one of the most original churches I’ve ever visited. On the day of our visit there was a nice quiet piano concert, unfortunately it was difficult to hear it well due to the number of tourists.
We had our lunch in the Sibelius park looking at the Sibelius monument. A monument to the great Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), created by artist Eila Hiltunen. It consists of more than 600 steel pipes on which a wind likes to play its melodies, which echoes with birdsongs and the sounds of storms. I don’t know why but I simply couldn’t take my eyes of it.
Rock Church (Temppeliaukio) at Helsinginkirkot.fi
The Sibelius Monument at Eilahiltunen.net