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Duke University Chapel


401 Chapel Dr
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 681-9488
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Photo of Eric San Jose Eric San Jose
Jun 24, 2019 4

If your in the Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina then visiting Duke University is a must. Of course the Chapel is one of the star attractions. Not a lot of parking nearby. Great for photo opportunities with the family. Visitors Center is nearby also the University Store. Clean facilities. Nice staff. We will definitely be going back.

Photo of James Chapman James Chapman
Apr 2, 2019 4

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.

Photo of Jason Ciaschi Jason Ciaschi
May 4, 2019 5

Absolutely beautiful campus. We went to the botanical garden and while.ealking around decided to see the church, which has amazing architecture. After leaving there we wandered around campus a bit and the whole place is beautiful. The buildings are all very similar in style and the laws and bushes are beautifully manicured. It's a nice campus and a pretty place to walk.

Photo of Mark Taylor Mark Taylor
May 14, 2019 5

It's known for being one of the largest churches around. There are several large organs there with as many as 11,000 pipes! Each stained glass window has a different picture on it, and the height of the building is magnificently impressive. If you enjoy this kind of sight seeing, it's worth stopping by if you're in the area.

Photo of arushi kant arushi kant
May 20, 2019 5

It's beautiful. I loved the Duke Campus. The buildings have an old world charm to them. The Chapel is a true representation of the Gothic style and a treat to the eyes. A must visit. :)

Photo of Michael Sparks Michael Sparks
May 26, 2019 5

Chapel is a bit of an understatement. It's basically a Gothic cathedral and it's gorgeous. Played a gig there recently and was happy every time I had a moment to look around. If you like visiting cathedrals in Europe, you'll prob enjoy this.

Photo of REDD REDD
Oct 12, 2019 5

Amazing acoustics and sound. Best University chapel I've been to so far. Very calm, and relaxing place.

Photo of Erik Newby Erik Newby
Sep 9, 2019 5

Incredible place of worship. Truly awe inspiring. Inspired by European architecture, it’s a small cathedral type chapel that is open to anyone who would like to join in for a Sunday liturgy.

Photo of Chris Nichols Chris Nichols
Oct 6, 2019 5

Went for a run and it was magical. For anyone that goes to school here - life is not fair - you have been smiled on my the gods of education more than average. Savior it. Great school.

Photo of Ashley Norris Ashley Norris
Oct 15, 2019 5

Incredible landmark, it's a must see if your in the area!! Free admission open to the public, if you make advance call in you can have a chance to explore the upstairs. The architecture is jaw dropping, brick buildings and walkways, marble and wood detail throughout and amazing stained glass painted photos throughout. The service would be worth going Reeeally wish I was their to experience that!

Photo of Jedediah Seltzer Jedediah Seltzer
Oct 8, 2019 5

One of the most beautiful chapels in USA I believe. I usually tag team a trip to hear from the gardens as it is close. If you can make it inside I recommend in. Week days the chapel is usually open. It is booked in a lot of weekends for events. It is very cool to be able to walk around and enjoy the beautiful building! I highly recommend it for any one exploring durham! Make sure you see the organ as well!

Photo of spencer morgan spencer morgan
Feb 23, 2020 5

Very impressive. A must see if on campus. Building was enormous and immaculate. Duke campus itself is awesome.

Photo of Nicholas Girka Nicholas Girka
Feb 16, 2020 5

Awe inspiring! I grew up watching Duke basketball on television and even inspired in my youth to go here. Now being in my 40s I had a moment of deep regret not having pursued those early dreams. Amazing campus. Just walking around inspired me to want to achieve more. Cannot wait to visit again.

Photo of Marcela Lastre Marcela Lastre
Jan 2, 2020 5

Gorgeous chapel on campus! Every detail should be examined and photographed. They had a lovely Christmas service.

Photo of Hananiel Setiawan Hananiel Setiawan
Jan 1, 2020 5

Great place to worship with plenty of opportunities to be involved at Duke and in Durham. The Music program is great with numerous concerts throughout the year. Great quiet place in the morning to meditate or pray.

Photo of David Parrish David Parrish
Dec 28, 2019 5

I visited the chapel for the Christmas decorations that were set up in the chapel. It's an awesome experience in that it's an awesome design and I love the architecture that goes into the making of the chapel. Go there one time to see if even if you're not religious. It's something to see.

Photo of Linda Bridges Linda Bridges
Dec 11, 2019 5

Very enjoyable hour at the chapel. Awe-some architecture, stained glass, pipe organs. Take the tour fur a brief history and interesting facts. Beautiful grounds.

Photo of Lennie Roland Lennie Roland
Nov 17, 2019 5

This chapel is fantastic. If you have not seen it, you need to!! It is exceptional. The tour guides are also fantastic.

Photo of Nina Massengjll Nina Massengjll
Oct 28, 2019 4

Was there Saturday night they did a wonderful job in their concert they are just a group of beautiful people. On a second note the sound system that Duke Chapel used is horrible I really wish they would invest in a better one. The song that they did acapella without using the mics was wonderful.

Photo of Panowork.com魔鬼哥哥 Panowork.com魔鬼哥哥
Jan 14, 2021 4

The first thing that comes to Duke University is to take a look at this magnificent church. I don't know how many times I went to that church in the decades since I came to North Carolina. In addition to taking photos, I often go to the university store next to the church to buy tickets for Page Auditorium. Many photographers, both amateur and professional, will think of using this church as a background to make glamour and wedding photography more vivid, but many old believers will come to you and accuse you of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

Photo of Marek K (Elementsofwire) Marek K (Elementsofwire)
Dec 18, 2020 5

Beautiful chapel. Visited for Holiday concert, the acoustics are great.

Photo of Ron Bonina Ron Bonina
Nov 5, 2020 5

Open to students only but the campus is beautiful.

Photo of Helen Smith Helen Smith
Oct 14, 2020 5

Such a gorgeous building. It was closed due to the pandemic but there's a courtyard next to it with benches and a beautiful side view!

Photo of B. Bonilla B. Bonilla
Sep 29, 2020 5

Absolutely gorgeous campus and cathedral. Honestly felt like I was in Europe again.

Photo of Art Li Art Li
Aug 28, 2020 5

Beautiful place to visit.

Photo of Suci Farahdilla Suci Farahdilla
Mar 2, 2020 5

Duke University Chapel is an impressive work of Architecture in the heart of Duke University. The ribbed vault and stained glass windows, some of the key elements of Gothic Architecture, are beautifully displayed in the chapel.

Photo of Diana Aguilar Diana Aguilar
Jul 21, 2020 5

Feels like your being transported to another time period. Very beautiful European inspired architecture! The history behind the school is well summed up by this Chapel.

Photo of Everett Andrew Everett Andrew
Jul 19, 2020 5

Gorgeous building! Such a cool place. Before Coronavirus I had the privilege of going to a few institute classes for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that were held in here below the chapel. Definitely a must see

Photo of Tiffany Hemberger Tiffany Hemberger
Mar 8, 2020 5

BEAUTIFUL!!! If you are on Duke campus, you MUST see. It is a walk on your own visit and while we were there an organ played briefly. Stunning!!

Photo of Homeagain 95 Homeagain 95
Mar 1, 2020 4

We visited the Duke University Chapel yesterday. We were there fairly early. It was not crowded and we were able to look around at our leisure. It is a beautiful chapel. The staff that we encountered were friendly and asked if we had any questions. I'm sure it's a great place to attend church services or some other event. We did have trouble getting the pay machine in the parking lot to work and we had to go to the other end of the lot to use another machine.

Photo of Chi-Chi Anike Chi-Chi Anike
Mar 17, 2022 5

Beautiful, wonderful campus. Parking was a bit of a hassle, had to download an app with sketchy phone service because the meter won't work but that was forgotten when walking through the Beautiful campus.There were not as many AA students seen while walking, as compared to our visit to UNC chapel hill that same morning ... we did see a group of 20-30 having a meeting in the courtyard right in front of the chapel, so there's hope.

Photo of Laurel Cummins White Laurel Cummins White
Jan 19, 2022 5

We love visiting Duke Chapel when we are in Durham. It is quiet and lovely inside. The stain glass panels are beautiful.

Photo of Andrei Bulzan Andrei Bulzan
Jan 7, 2022 5

The Duke University campus is beautiful! We enjoyed walking around and eating at the food hall (no inside eating this week due to Covid restrictions). This was highly inspiring especially for our middle school daughter!

Photo of Kathy Polson Kathy Polson
Dec 14, 2021 5

Worth the visit while coming to see the Duke Gardens. Peaceful and beautiful. Loved the stained glass windows.

Photo of Chris S Chris S
Nov 30, 2021 4

Visited the Duke University and the Chapel together. It was a very nice and amazing architectural building.Grab some quite bites inside the Duke University student center food court. The Spaghetti was great, but the meat ball was too hard and dry. Overall, 4 stars!!

Nov 19, 2021 5

Had the most amazing experience at Duke chapel. When I walked in the organist was rehearsing and the sound still resonates with in me. That dynamic sound from the pipes and the ambiance of the church itself it was majestic.

Photo of Ethan Kick Ethan Kick
Nov 11, 2021 5

The chapel was very pretty and reminded me of several cathedrals I visited abroad in England. The cathedral was well maintained and easy to find and enter. The stained glass and stonework were very pretty.

Photo of Nicole Massengale Nicole Massengale
Oct 25, 2021 5

Such a gorgeous chapel. Stopped here when the choir was practicing and the sound was just fenominal. Gorgeous architecture!

Photo of Ken Ray (mrkenray) Ken Ray (mrkenray)
Oct 27, 2021 5

Awesome architecture. Meant to look like Gothic European work,and it does. Also serves as a mausoleum. If you tour, make sure to go all the way in and to the left to see the dead.

Photo of Robert Moore Robert Moore
Oct 17, 2021 5

Wonderful service. The choir is amazing. So very talented

Photo of Mayank Trivedi Mayank Trivedi
Oct 14, 2021 5

Visited Duke University Chapel. It has amazing architecture and design. It was built by the charity of Duke family way back in 1930. This Chapel has beautiful glass windows that depict the life of Christ. You get a feeling of peace and holiness in this Chapel.

Photo of info Marylou info Marylou
Jul 27, 2021 5

Photographed a wedding here recently and it made for a stunning backdrop. Beautiful church. All Bliss Photography

Photo of Starlightbeam YT Starlightbeam YT
Jul 25, 2021 5

Very beautiful University camp, the building is awesome, and the people very nice.We run in the morning, enjoy it

Photo of Smita Giri Smita Giri
Jun 20, 2021 5

I visited yesterday and am awestruck by its beauty. I couldn’t enter inside, it was temporarily closed. Must visit in Durham, NC.

Photo of info Marylou info Marylou
Jun 22, 2021 5

Photographer a wedding here recently and it made for a stunning backdrop. Beautiful church.

Photo of Mark Buck Mark Buck
Jun 19, 2021 5

Beautiful campus and amazing Chapel. It was closed to the public but we walked around the perimeter.If you visit the chapel please check out the gardens. It is a close walk and well worth your time.

Photo of Megan Bougher Megan Bougher
Jun 14, 2021 5

Would really love to see the inside. It has been closed since I moved here because of the pandemic over a year ago. This is on my bucket list since I've moved here ... Been to see the outside a few times and it's absolutely stunning.

Photo of Roger L'Heureux Roger L'Heureux
Apr 26, 2022 5

Don't let the name "Chapel" fool you. This place looks like a straight up cathedral! If you love the architecture of a beautiful church make sure to go see this one if you are in the area. Toward the altar on the left is the resting place of some of the notable Duke family members. Also to the left of the altar is a staircase to the catacombs where some of the past university of duke presidents have been buried.

Photo of Roger Peterman Roger Peterman
May 16, 2022 5

As a first year student I conducted tours of the chapel, and would often take very small groups up the tiny elevator into the bell carillon, where we were surrounded by massive bells and experienced a majestic view. On a recent visit i was unfortunately beyond viisitation hours, but the tower looked wonderful.

Photo of שלומית טולדנו קליין שלומית טולדנו קליין
Jun 14, 2022 5

The great pollutants of the earth would do well to contribute to academic structures and at the same time lead to the reduction of pollution. A charming place with a learning atmosphere. Beautiful gardens and lovely corners. We were unable to enter the church on Saturday because weekend weddings are usually held.

Photo of Lisha Lisha
Jun 23, 2022 5

One of the most beautiful churches I have been in the US. Amazing stain glass. There is a huge pipe organ. I bet that would be wonderful to hear.