Yet it is still full of natural light which comes in from huge window panels under the copper dome.
|copper dome from the outside|
I came just in time for a piano concert in the church (well, actually I knew it already and therefore came in time):
|Oliver Wu playing the piano in the Church in the Rock|
A kind of flash mob school choir interrupted his performance:
And apart from loads of tourists buzzing around, a couple had his wedding photos shot:
Votive candles on the rocks :)
It was time to go to the conference registration which is not far from Helsinki Cathedral
The Porthania building of the University of Helsinki where part of the sessions will be:
Opening reception in the auditorium of the main building:
There was also some entertainment; Maija Kauhanen, a post-grad at the Department of Folk Music played on the kantele of Saarijärvi, a Finnish and Karelian zither. Since I only had my handy cam, the optical quality sucks, but you can at least hear the instrument. Maija has a web presence on myspace in case you want to see her more clearly :))
The day ended with a reception, lots of wine but also some snacks (at least salads for me) including the lovely Finnish rye-malt bread (Saaristolaisleipä), sweetened with molasses.