A couple of days ago, I saw a slideshow on HuffPost titled “The World’s 50 Most Unusual Churches.” I’ve been to a couple of them, but the biggest surprise was the one they missed one.
The Churches on the list that I’ve been to:
- Thorncrown Chapel, Arkansas
- Santuario della Madonna Lacrime, Sicily
- Sagrada Familia, Barcelona*
The one they missed: Temppeliaukio Kirkko (The Rock Church) in Helsinki. Even Stephen was surprised. He walked in while I was scrolling through the list, and said, “Oh, yeah, the rock church in Helsinki has to be on there.” It didn’t make the list! WTH?
Temppeliaukio Kirkko is built into a rock outcropping and is topped with a gorgeous copper dome. Windows above the rock face let natural light in, and the rock walls have small trickles of water seeping through in places, making it seem like the rock is a living thing. The acoustics in the round church are amazing – we were there one day when a pianist was playing, I can only imagine what a full orchestra would sound like. According to wikipedia, the rock church “is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city; half a million people visit it annually.”
Do you know of any unusual churches that were left off the list?
*Okay, I haven’t been to Sagrada Familia yet, but I will be there this month, so I’m counting it. 🙂