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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