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Duke University Chapel, Durham

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
Featuring stained-glass windows, vaulted arches, stonework, and Gothic architecture, interdenominational Duke University Chapel provides a visually pleasing atmosphere for services or quiet reflection. First used for the school's commencement in 1932, the chapel has also become known for its music. Consider taking a tour of the building to see where Washington Duke and his two sons are entombed. Parking is available on campus. To visit Duke University Chapel and get the most from your holiday in Durham, create itinerary details personal to you using our Durham trip builder.
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  • I absolutely LOVE Duke chapel. It's stunning and majestic, truly a sacred space. The organ sounds amazing, come to a service! 
  • The Chapel at Duke is still a wonderful place to experience liturgical music. The 'inaugural' music concert reassured us all that the necessary repair work just completed did not compromise the beauty...  read more »
  • Our host took us here during our sightseeing in Durham. Was there in september with my choir Joyful Soul and took a tour of the Church. Highly recommend visiting if you are in the neighborhood. We had to make a spontaneous performance and sang 2 songs. Would love to do a whole concert there. The acoustics!
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  • Walking the well landscaped grounds of one of the most prestigious universities in the country is enjoyable enough, but being able to admire the remarkable architecture of the University Chapel is heightens the experience. While Duke has done a great job constructing buildings of many different architectural influences, the predominant style is gothic. The chapel is built in this same gothic style and reaches into the sky, welcoming visitors from miles around. The chapel is well worth a visit if you’re a student of architecture, enjoy art, or like to see unique buildings. While there are many things to do and see at Duke University, make sure you take the time out to see the chapel.
  • One of the more picturesque churches on the coast. An incredible spot to stop in and just take the place in. Concerts are amazing with an organ that's seriously amazing! Going when the sun is out makes for some incredible pictures inside and out. Worth seeing more than once if you've got the chance!
  • It is a beautiful view and a really good picture spot. It was really fun even though we didn't get to go inside.
  • Full disclosure: I worked here as an attendant in my senior year at the nearby Divinity School. I loved working there and I will always love the chapel, especially the crypt, modeled after those where Christians used to meet when they suffered persecution under various Roman emperors. The stained glass in the chapel is outstanding, on par with the best windows found in Europe. A little Easter egg you can have fun looking for is a little mouse looking out over the congregation every Sunday (hint: there are two, both of them fashioned in wood). Ask the current attendant if you need help finding them... If you get on their good side, they might even let you walk up the 300+ steps to the top of the tower!
  • Duke Chapel is where the university proves it has more money than sense. If you are part of a religion that routinely kills Christians, you can meet in the Chapel for your meetings!
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