This campus is beautiful at any time of the year! When I visited it originally (July 2021) the chapel was closed for visitors however just went this past weekend and it was finally open!! It’s free to tour the chapel and their is parking right next to it (pay to park). It’s free to tour the chapel and you can also go on their website to see hours where they have church.
HARSH OJHA 4-Yr B.Tech. Chemical Engg.
Aug 31, 2022
It the largest Church I have been to. It is roman catholic themed, it has a crypt with resting place for the founders of Duke University. You can light candles. Get your pictures clicked in the Hogwarts looking alleys. And at 5 in the evening you can here the bells rolling. It is truly mesmerising
Aug 29, 2022
Amazing! The stonework and woodwork carvings and statues are exquisite in detail, the stain glass among the most vibrant I've ever seen, and even the iron work is beautiful...all in all, an amazing European style chapel uncommon in America with THREE pipe organs to boot! And to think it was built so quickly as he had the funds available without need for fundraising as they went! Astounding.
I love Mr Duke's idea of having it as a crowning center piece of campus in hopes that seeing it daily would have a positive spiritual influence on the students there. As one whose life has been dramatically changed by Jesus, whom it's meant to honor and glorify, I pray that's still the case, and that it's not now more of a tourist attraction than truly a place of worship as so many places like it have become. It is a place of beauty that points to His Majesty in a tiny, human-made scale. Well worth a visit.
And, if you're fortunate enough to qualify for permission to climb the tower to the top, have the stamina to make the 239 spiral climb and aren't claustrophobic, the view is breathtaking as well...I'm guessing especially in the fall.
Jul 17, 2022
So beautiful! I have seen some performances here and the acoustics are amazing. Talk to one of the volunteers to give you some history facts!
Jul 9, 2022
Awesome experience! Park at the gardens and hike over to the chapel for a twofer. Both are breathtaking. Chapel architecture is unique and the history makes it even more special. Lots of stone arches columns and stained glass. Past presidents (of Duke) are interred in the basement crypt.
Jun 23, 2022
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.
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Jun 14, 2022
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.
May 16, 2022
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.
Apr 26, 2022
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.
Apr 11, 2022
Duke University Chapel is one of oldest and prestigious campus with an awe inspiring view and place to relax on a spring day. Enjoy the architectural beauty around you.
Mar 17, 2022
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.
Laurel Cummins White
Jan 19, 2022
We love visiting Duke Chapel when we are in Durham. It is quiet and lovely inside. The stain glass panels are beautiful.
Jan 7, 2022
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!
Dec 14, 2021
Worth the visit while coming to see the Duke Gardens. Peaceful and beautiful. Loved the stained glass windows.