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Rothko Chapel, Houston

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Art Museum
The Rothko Chapel is a non-denominational chapel in Houston, Texas, founded by John and Dominique de Menil. The interior serves not only as a chapel, but also as a major work of modern art. On its walls are fourteen black but color-hued paintings by Mark Rothko. The shape of the building, an octagon inscribed in a Greek cross, and the design of the chapel was largely influenced by the artist. The chapel sits two miles southwest of downtown in a suburban neighborhood situated between the building housing the Menil Collection and the Chapel of Saint Basil on the campus of the University of Saint Thomas. About 55,000 people visit the chapel each year.
Susan J. Barnes states "The Rothko Chapel...became the world's first broadly ecumenical center, a holy place open to all religions and belonging to none. It became a center for international cultural, religious, and philosophical exchanges, for colloquia and performances. And it became a place of private prayer for individuals of all faiths"
On September 16, 2000, the Rothko Chapel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • A beautiful, meditative experience. It is quite small and you should only plan to spend a brief time there with children. Going alone, you could stay for hours. I used to walk over after university...  more »
  • Seeing several of Mark Rothko's painting arranged in a very respectful manner, creates a serenely unforgettable experience. This truly an amazing place where you can meditate, and come to an...  more »
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  • A serene place for reflection. The sculptures and design of the landscape lends itself toward peaceful sentiments. The events vary from performance to presentation. Very progressive. Can't wait for the re-opening to make it even better.
  • It’s currently closed for renovations after the flood. When opened, this is an amazing place. It is quiet and serene and allows for meditation. The openness to all beliefs is what is most beautiful.

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