When you have been walking in the centre running errands or doing sightseeing, you might want a quiet break after all the hassle of the city. Aleksanterin kirkko is one of the so-called ”open churches” in Tampere and keeps its doors open every day except on Saturday. During weekdays there are often volunteers who serve instant coffee, tea & biscuits and are there to talk to if someone wants to. There is also a free toilet.
At 5 p.m. there is often a little ceremony that you can follow and on Thursdays (at 17:00) & Sundays (at 10:00) a Lutheran mass. Concerts often have a (voluntary) fee for the program. You may just sit on the bench and have a rest in a peaceful surrounding, light a candle, read something or leave your personal prayer on a small piece of paper in one of the side altars. You don’t have to a member of any church to be able to come in and enjoy the calm atmosphere just in the heart of Tampere.
It is in a lovely park of which a part used to be an old cemetery. It stands on the other end of our main street, and across the street you will find the main library. For me, Aleksanterin kirkko is a place to drop by and think things over. After spending a while in the church, I’m again ready to take on the challenges of everyday life with new hope and trust.
Available also fpr private bookings like weddings.