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Duke University Chapel

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Address: 401 Chapel Drive, West Campus, Durham, NC 27708
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(919) 681-9488
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Located on Duke University's West Campus, Duke Chapel is as magnificent in...

Located on Duke University's West Campus, Duke Chapel is as magnificent in structure as it is rich in ministry. Construction of the Chapel was begun in October of 1930 and completed two years later. During that time students continually congregated at the stonemasons' huts to watch the Chapel take shape. It was first used for Commencement in 1932 and was formally dedicated on June 2, 1935.Duke Chapel continues to be a Christian church of uniquely interdenominational character and purpose. Through its tradition of inspiring worship and music, and a calling to walk with people of all faiths and circumstances, Duke Chapel acts a beacon of grace on campus and in the community. All are welcome to take part in worship, learning, dialogue, and service.

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Duke University is a gorgeous campus all-around but the chapel is the highlight. I found the history of the chapel and the chief architect Julian Abele fascinating. A must see... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Duke University is a gorgeous campus all-around but the chapel is the highlight. I found the history of the chapel and the chief architect Julian Abele fascinating. A must see while in Durham!

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The chapel is located at the Duke University campus and it is a short walk from the Duke Medical Pavilion. So beautiful, amazing architecture and a peaceful spot for reflection.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Architectural fans must stop to see this beautiful chapel. We visited on a Saturday afternoon and there were only a few others inside.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful part of history. Set in the center of duke university. Try to attend one of their services.go down the steps in the chapel to see the tombs . Marvel at the sculptures. This is a must if you are in this area

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Duke Chapel is the centerpiece for the Gothic architecture that characterizes the Trinity college area of the Duke University campus. The Chapel interior is certainly worth a visit, but it is the view outside that is the most captivating, with a long, grassy quad leading to the Chapel, lined with similarly appointed buildings. A visit is best coupled with... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Duke chapel is a beautiful place to visit, with or without music. It is stunning, architecturally. I came, specifically on a Sunday afternoon to attend the Evensong service. I was actually able to sit in the Chancel right beside the choir and was totally blown away. If you love choral music this is something not to be missed! The choir... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Durham native, but long gone from 'home.' My actual last visit was August 2012. It was always nostalgic to go home to Durham, and the Chapel has always been on my to-do list. Back in the day, you could get to the very top. Legend had it that you could view six neighboring states from the top. One of my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Duke Chapel stands alongside many of the cathedrals of Europe as a stunning example of Gothic architecture, and you don't have to cross the Atlantic to see it. The chapel has beautiful stained glass windows and an amazing pipe organ. (If you can catch a recital, it's worth it.) if you're in Durham, this is one place not to... More 

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Norwood, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a senior group from our church to see this very beautiful chapel. We had an arranged tour with a docent and I highly recommend that you do that. You are able to learn and understand so much more about the Chapel than if you just go to see it on your own. There is quite a bit of walking,... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been by and have been inside the chapel many times during the years I've lived in the area. I would certainly recommend it to anyone if you have to chance to stop by.

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