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Duke University Chapel, Durham

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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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Durham holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Duke University Chapel and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • If visiting Durham, this chapel is special indeed and worth a visit. It is beautiful and majestic with gorgeous architecture. 
    If visiting Durham, this chapel is special indeed and worth a visit. It is beautiful and majestic with gorgeous architecture.  more »
  • What a super mega church from 1930. A most see church. Beautiful. The architecture is incredibly. Parking is a bit of a problem since there is no parking close by from the chapel. Be prepare for a... 
    What a super mega church from 1930. A most see church. Beautiful. The architecture is incredibly. Parking is a bit of a problem since there is no parking close by from the chapel. Be prepare for a...  more »
  • This chapel is the heart and soul of Duke University. It is so majestic. It is absolutely breathtaking. The beautiful architecture is incredible. This is a Christian Church. All are welcome to... 
    This chapel is the heart and soul of Duke University. It is so majestic. It is absolutely breathtaking. The beautiful architecture is incredible. This is a Christian Church. All are welcome to...  more »
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  • It the largest Church I have been to. It is roman catholic themed, it has a crypt with resting place for the founders of Duke University. You can light candles. Get your pictures clicked in the Hogwarts looking alleys. And at 5 in the evening you can here the bells rolling. It is truly mesmerising
  • Don't let the name "Chapel" fool you. This place looks like a straight up cathedral! If you love the architecture of a beautiful church make sure to go see this one if you are in the area. Toward the altar on the left is the resting place of some of the notable Duke family members. Also to the left of the altar is a staircase to the catacombs where some of the past university of duke presidents have been buried.
  • One of the most beautiful churches I have been in the US. Amazing stain glass. There is a huge pipe organ. I bet that would be wonderful to hear.
  • Amazing! The stonework and woodwork carvings and statues are exquisite in detail, the stain glass among the most vibrant I've ever seen, and even the iron work is beautiful...all in all, an amazing European style chapel uncommon in America with THREE pipe organs to boot! And to think it was built so quickly as he had the funds available without need for fundraising as they went! Astounding. I love Mr Duke's idea of having it as a crowning center piece of campus in hopes that seeing it daily would have a positive spiritual influence on the students there. As one whose life has been dramatically changed by Jesus, whom it's meant to honor and glorify, I pray that's still the case, and that it's not now more of a tourist attraction than truly a place of worship as so many places like it have become. It is a place of beauty that points to His Majesty in a tiny, human-made scale. Well worth a visit. And, if you're fortunate enough to qualify for permission to climb the tower to the top, have the stamina to make the 239 spiral climb and aren't claustrophobic, the view is breathtaking as well...I'm guessing especially in the fall.
  • Duke University Chapel is one of oldest and prestigious campus with an awe inspiring view and place to relax on a spring day. Enjoy the architectural beauty around you.

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