Chapel in the Hills, Rapid City

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#2 of 18 in Historic Sites in South Dakota
Instead of traveling to Scandinavia to admire the wonders of wooden architecture, visit the Chapel in the Hills and take a trip back in time. The Lutheran church is an exact replica of the medieval Borgund stave church in Norway, and its architecture and surrounding nature perfectly conjure a tranquil Norwegian atmosphere. Next to the church is a small museum housed in an authentic 19th-century log cabin erected by a Norwegian prospector who settled in the Black Hills. A gift shop is located in a Norwegian “stabbur” (storehouse), containing related Scandinavian literature and gift items. Also located on the grounds is a meditation trail which offers a peaceful setting for contemplation and prayer. Admission is free. To visit Chapel in the Hills on your trip to Rapid City, use our Rapid City trip itinerary builder .
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  • Exact copy of ancient Norwegian Church. Not a single nail used and will probably last a thousand years the way it is built. The surroundings are beautiful as well. A very nice gift shop as well. The s...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit. We stop anytime we visit Rapid City. Our youngest daughter got married here. Yes they have weddings all the time. It's a great little chapel! Watch your head. I almost ...  more »
  • We thought this would be worth a visit even though we knew it was closed fur the season and we wouldn't be able to get inside. But a nice winter walk in a beautiful setting with interesting architectu...  more »
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  • Beautiful and serene, a place to experience the peace of God in a unique setting, while also learning about a special people. The staff are so kind and helpful. Thank you Mrs. Mary for our visit and your sweet spirit.
  • Beautiful, peaceful chapel and grounds. The volunteers working there were very happy, friendly and informative. Would definitely recommend this place.
  • Beautiful and historic. We saw multiple deer and rabbits right by the chapel. Cute gift store with lots of neat items.
  • Amazing place to visit, the church is so beautiful and the staff are super nice.
  • love the who place from the gift shop with authentic gifts and treats to the prayer walk and the beautiful sod grass center and church..

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In Rapid City you'll find a variety of hotels and motels, but you can expect their rates to vary considerably depending on the season. Those located downtown provide easy walking access to some of the area's most popular restaurants and bars. Visitors wanting to explore the iconic Mount Rushmore or Custer State Park attractions may prefer the convenience of a hotel along Interstate 90. If you want a scenic escape, look for a bed and breakfast, campsite, or cabin in the surrounding Black Hills National Forest.
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