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Chapel in the Hills, Rapid City

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#3 of 27 in Historic Sites in South Dakota
Church · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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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  • We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Chapel in the Hills. The craftmanship and attention to detail was amazing. The little museum was very informational and the gift shop was nice. Loved the sod roof... 
    We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Chapel in the Hills. The craftmanship and attention to detail was amazing. The little museum was very informational and the gift shop was nice. Loved the sod roof...  more »
  • We really lucked out - a wedding was being held when we went and it was beautiful. The setting is gorgeous - the building so very unique and the wedding was the icing! 
    We really lucked out - a wedding was being held when we went and it was beautiful. The setting is gorgeous - the building so very unique and the wedding was the icing!  more »
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  • Stopped here on a whim because I wanted to see it and my daughter didn't think the kids would enjoy it. We were all very impressed with the history. Even the prayer path was nice to wonder up...make sure to use bug spray first. This chapel is an exact reproduction of the original in Norway, built back in 1150. This one was finished in 1969.
  • Absolutely stunning! If you love Nordic Viking architecture and history then you gotta check this place out. Very informative staff and friendly. Beautiful views with a peaceful prayer trail that goes up into the hills behind the Chapel. The Chapel itself is absolutely awesome. There is a small little museum and gift shop on site as well. Defintley make time to visit the Chapel in the Hills.

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