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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  • Spectacularly beautiful Chapel which is at the center of West campus at Duke. There is an elevator which takes you to the top, though you many have to arrange for that in advance. The Flentrop organ i...  more »
  • We were lucky to meet a docent who was amazing. She spent quite a bit of time with us and explained in great detail the beautiful stained glass - each one had a story. She talked about the statues, th...  more »
  • We absolutely fell in love with Duke University Chapel. It’s so beautiful! If I could I would get married here, renew my vows. It felt like we had left the states and were in a European chapel. A must...  more »
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  • Surprisingly less than 100 years old. A beautiful homage to the grand European cathedrals. Stain glass windows are. The highlight. Ornate woodworking done at a high skill level. A grand building but it does feel like a little too much of a copy of Europe. How much more stunning it would be with more 1930 touches, like art deco.
  • Duke University Raleigh is one of the best University. Located in a green area, away from hustle n bustle of any big city, the place is to fall in love with. The University has a huge chapel with great interiors. The exterior too is very attractive and give a majestic feeling. A must with if you are in/ around North Carolina.
  • The hot spot for travelers and it’s really the most beautiful place among universities. The brick made building delivers its own historic message to whoever stand in front of it. At the moment you raise your head to look at the top of the building, you do see light (daytime visiting) above there and maybe some light goes into your deepest heart the same time.
  • Absolutely stunning architecture! Old world Gothic, and a super authentic detail. It has been maintained extremely well! Take your time in and around the chapel. If you have time be sure to make it over to the Sarah Duke Gardens as well. Only 1/2 mile walk from the chapel. Do note that there are a lot of stairs/hills getting to and in the gardens.
  • Spectacular in every way. Step inside and you find yourself in one of the great cathedrals of Europe. Stained glass, vaulted ceilings, carvings, burial crypts, pipe organs. Just amazing.
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