This week I continue down travel memory lane. My photo wanderings brought me to one of my favorite spots in Helsinki, the Kamppi Chapel of Silence.
Believe it or not it took me a while to find this giant building. As I was trying to get my bearings of Helsinki, riding the tram up and down Mannerheimintie and surrounding streets, I found myself hoping off stops and wandering around. Map in hand (trying to be discrete, I didn’t want to look like a total tourist!) I would meander down streets, circle around, double back, all in search of must see highlights, including Kamppi Chapel.
If you have visited Helsinki I know what you’re thinking, “how could you get lost in such a small city?!” Well that happens to be one of my special talents. Couple that with 13+ letter street names that start to blend together and voila, I’m lost! However, once I go somewhere I can pretty much get back no problem, but that first time getting there can be a bit touch and go.
Needless to say, Kamppi was elusive in part due to construction being done directly in front of the building, shielding it from immediate view from the main street. Turn down the right side street though and, bam! There it was in plain sight. I felt more than a little silly that it took me so long to locate it once I found it.
It truly is a remarkable building. Simple, clean lines, classic Scandinavian design. Beauty in its pure simplicity it’s a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life that surrounds it.
The contemporary design flows both outside and in. With curved, light wood colored sides, and sparse simple seating, it’s an inviting place to come and sit for a moment in silence. It also serves as a great reminder that sometimes we all need is a second to stop and be mindful. I have yet to find a better spot to do so in the middle of a busy city.
Isn’t it great when a city has a little [hidden] gem to discover?!