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Chapel in the Hills, Rapid City

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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 was a project to recognize the Norwegian heritage in Rapid City and the surrounding area and the home of Evangelical Lutheran Vespers radio program, dedicated in 1969, it is a replica of another....  more
    This was a project to recognize the Norwegian heritage in Rapid City and the surrounding area and the home of Evangelical Lutheran Vespers radio program, dedicated in 1969, it is a replica of another....  more »
  • This is a beautiful little chapel is delightful. The prayer walk is wonderful and I felt such a feeling of peace and serenity here. The little museam and gift shop are also worth a visit. The couple.....  more
    This is a beautiful little chapel is delightful. The prayer walk is wonderful and I felt such a feeling of peace and serenity here. The little museam and gift shop are also worth a visit. The couple.....  more »
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  • Absolutely lovely chapel. You won't find another like it in the USA. As I walked into the Sanctuary a recording of a choir began playing. It was do moving and lovely. Very unique and well worth the short drive from Rapid City, SD.
  • impressive site, good information, staff was amiable. The contemplation walk was pretty easy to manage, I always bring a walk stick, might not have needed it. the museum was worth seeing, a cultural snapshot from the 1890s.

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