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Chapel in the Hills, Rapid City

#4 of 28 in Historic Sites in South Dakota
Church · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
Instead of traveling to Scandinavia to admire the wonders of wooden architecture, visit the Chapel in the Hills and take a trip back in time. The Lutheran church is an exact replica of the medieval Borgund stave church in Norway, and its architecture and surrounding nature perfectly conjure a tranquil Norwegian atmosphere. Next to the church is a small museum housed in an authentic 19th-century log cabin erected by a Norwegian prospector who settled in the Black Hills. A gift shop is located in a Norwegian “stabbur” (storehouse), containing related Scandinavian literature and gift items. Also located on the grounds is a meditation trail which offers a peaceful setting for contemplation and prayer. Admission is free. To visit Chapel in the Hills on your trip to Rapid City, use our Rapid City trip itinerary builder.
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  • This place is really beautiful with wonderful wooden chapel structure inspired by the exact replica of Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal, Norway. It has a prayer walkway. It has a gift shop for souvenirs....  more »
  • I really wish we could have gotten inside this amazing place but of course, it and the museum were closed. Still, we did as much as we could, looking in the door and wandering the grounds. The...  more »
  • What a beautiful chapel. Very relaxing looking at the quality and ingenious of the past. If you feel like meditation go there and spend couple of hours. There is even a prayer walk. I wish there are more chapels like this. Love it.
  • If your into old Christian churches this place is great. Exact replica of an old Norwegian church that was built 800 years ago. You will be blown away by the intricate details in the hand craved trim work throughout the church. They have a 5 min narration of what the church is about and why there are certain features in church. Very interesting.

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