South Dakota September 15, 2018
This Unique Wooden Church In South Dakota Is Truly A Sight To See
When it comes to jaw-dropping buildings, nothing beats a church… why is that? Is it the ornate stained glass windows that many churches feature? The sometimes elaborate, sometimes downplayed architecture? Maybe it’s the history that surrounds many of these places of worship? While each church is obviously different, we know for a fact why this one South Dakota chapel stands out from the rest:
Hiding out in Rapid City is the gorgeous Chapel in the Hills; a Black Hills gem that is an exact reproduction of Norway's iconic Borgund Stavkirke.
Dedicated in 1969 as the headquarters for the Lutheran Vespers radio ministry, the Chapel in the Hills has since become a place of worship for thousands of Evangelical Lutherans and welcomes an upwards of 25,000 visitors each year.
Why did the Lutheran Vespers decide to model their headquarters after a Norwegian church? The late Rev. Conrad Thompson spent time in Norway and fell in love with the look of the various historic churches, and was able to track down the blueprints from the original c. 1150 Borgund Stavkirke church.
In addition to the intricate chapel itself, the area is home to a tranquil prayer walk...
Housed in an 1876 log cabin, the museum is home to several must-see Scandinavian antiques.
...and an authentic grass-roofed-stabbur-turned visitor center.
What is a stabbur? It is a store house that -- in this case -- was actually built in Norway and shipped to/reassembled in Rapid City!
The Chapel in the Hills is located at 3788 Chapel Ln in Rapid City and is open to the public May 1st through September 30th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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