Princeton University Chapel, Princeton

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The Princeton University Chapel is located on that university's main campus in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It replaces an older chapel that burned down in 1920. Designed in 1921 by Ralph Adams Cram in his signature Collegiate Gothic style, it was built by the university between 1924 and 1928 at a cost of $2.3 million. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered a sermon there in 1960. The chapel was rededicated in an interfaith ceremony in 2002 following a major two-year restoration.

Its size and design evoke a small cathedral of the English Middle Ages. The only university chapel of its size at the time it was built was King's College Chapel at the University of Cambridge. The foundation is poured concrete, and the superstructure is sandstone and limestone. The main sanctuary consists of a narthex, a gallery, a nave, two transepts joined by a crossing, and an elevated choir. The chapel's extensive iconography consists of stained glass, stonemasonry, and wood carvings. Among the stained glass are four "great windows", one facing each cardinal direction, and four "Christian epic" windows in the walls of the choir. The iconography was planned by Albert M. Friend, a faculty member in Princeton's Department of Art and Archaeology, with the goal of portraying, in one scholar's words, a "synthesis between Christian faith and modern thought."
The chapel seats almost 2,000 people. A nondenominational chapel, it hosts weekly ecumenical Christian services and daily Catholic Masses. It also hosts several annual special events, such as baccalaureate services and commencements.

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  • Princeton University's Chapel is amazing! The word 'chapel' conjures up the image of a small space for quiet reflection and prayer. While it is quiet, as it should be, it is anything but small. The...  more »
  • The Princeton University chapel is a lovely building and located right in the middle of the main campus. It's well worth a visit when you ar ein Princeton.  more »
  • Beautiful, historical and simply an ideal place for knowledge. I can't imagine how being a student here could feel. If you come here and you don't learn, you are a plant. Museum, library, dormitories, sports facilities, coffee shops, everything. I'd say you can survive here without a car because they are bicycle friendly, but not sure, there are some places around that a student would like to visit like kayaking places. Knowledge is in the air here. Of course an opinion from an actual student would be required, but as a visitor I was impressed.
  • Felt like nostalgic place. It's like once upon time.....ohh..not boring you guys...but 2 decades back graduated from second oldest engineering college of India and today visited one of the finest Universities of USA. It gives an immense feeling of " back to school"....this chapel is crown of the university campus.

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