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Duke University Chapel

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Address: 401 Chapel Dr, West Campus, Durham, NC 27708-9984
Phone Number: +1 919-684-2572
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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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After juggling schedules for several years in order to attend Duke Chapel's performance of Handel Messiah, we were able to attend this year. We had ordered our tickets well in... read more

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Ronda, North Carolina
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After juggling schedules for several years in order to attend Duke Chapel's performance of Handel Messiah, we were able to attend this year. We had ordered our tickets well in advance and had invited a friend to attend with us to "kick off" our Christmas season. The architecture is impressive and amazing. No one can detract from the aesthetic value... More 

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If you think the outside is magnificent, go inside...breathtaking!! An absolute go see!!! I am only sorry i wasn't able to attend a service...because i am sure the acoustics are simply outstanding...even to just attend for a little, even if it is not a religion i practice! I bet its beautiful!

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Thank Van10mbaum
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Seeing the Duke University Chapel in person is an experience that cannot be missed. Plan on spending time, you won't regret it!

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The Chapel is a wonderful piece of architecture. It is huge & very tastefully designed.I attended the Sunday Prayers. I am not a Christian but my religion Hinduism allows free thinking. The prayers or sermon was conducted very nicely. The Music was provided by a group known as Bell Ringers Choir., nearly 15-20 people very swinging the bells & creating... More 

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Oscar, and those who are from the area know who I mean, said hello and after a brief interaction offered to show us "his" chapel. My wife and I had the honor to spend about an hour with a man that deeply cares about the chapel and the history within. He shared stories of the chapel and of himself. We... More 

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Attended a free chorale performance in this stunning chapel. The amazing acoustics and incredible musicians made a wonderful evening. The centerpiece of Duke University it is worth the time to see!

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A visit here is well worth it. Beautiful grounds. The chapel is like a cathedral in Europe. Catch a musical performance here if you can, even if someone's just practicing the pipe organ. Amazing daytime or night.

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Thank Lee N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended the first mass after the chapel had been closed for a year for restoring, is was amazing. When the choir sang I had goosebumps. It is so worth the time to attend a service with family and friends.

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I've visited before but always enjoy getting to see the beautiful gothic architecture of the chapel. There's just something about it that draws you in. Love it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No matter what time of year it is, Duke Chapel is a restful and inspiring place to visit. Sign up for a tour and take note that the Chapel and its surroundings were designed by Julian Abel, an African American architect. The Quad has been named in his honor and one of his portraits hangs on the 2d floor of... More 

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