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Thorncrown Chapel

12968 Highway 62 W, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632 USA

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Sun 9a-5p
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Though Thorncrown Chapel is not a grand piece of architecture, it is captivating. The repetition of the lines is a lovely contrast to the open space of the windows. The glass reflects the surrounding landscape, beautifully merging nature and architecture. Stepping inside, it is a perfect spot to pause for a moment to take in the soaring height of the ceiling and to look out at the surrounding woodlands. The chapel has a minimal interior, with low benches and nothing to distract from the views. There isn't much else to see on-site, other than the chapel. And if it is closed for a private event, as it often is, you will only be able to enjoy the exterior.

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“A breathtaking woodland sanctuary”

Thorncrown Chapel is a masterpiece of architecture. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, this chapel is a stunning example of organic architecture, seamlessly blending into the natural landscape. With 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass, the chapel offers breathtaking views of the surrounding forest. Whether you're interested in architecture or just want to experience the beauty of this place, Thorncrown Chapel is a must-visit destination.

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  • Road Warrior
  • 52 Reviews
  • 77 Helpful
September 24, 2014
Rated 5.0

Do NOT miss this! Even an atheist would have to leave feeling peaceful and touched! definitely go during one of the services, it is memorable. The same lady has been singing there for years and she starts in the back of the room acapella and you think it must be recorded because it sounds so angelic but as she walks to the front you will discover it is her! It blows my mind how clear the glass is it is just like sitting in the forest but with air conditioning. so so stunning!

6 people found this review helpful

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laurenbedford

  • 3 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 15, 2014
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This was worth going out of our way to see! It is beautiful!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
emilyaeyer

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 25, 2020
Rated 3.0

Honestly underwhelming. The structure outside is gorgeous but you aren’t allow to explore around the building at all. The decor in the interior is outdated and garish and completely takes away from the view and the architecture. They also play really cheesy pops classical music, which was really terrible. It was advertised that we would be sitting in silence, even on the paper we were given at the door, and it was anything but. We wondered when Kenny G. would start playing on the radio.

Acoustics in the building are dimmed by the gaudy fabric used for the pews which is very unfortunate.

Could be gorgeous.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
uniquely.you.94

  • 47 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
July 04, 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful and peaceful. It is a unique building and worth a visit if you are in the area. The walk up to the chapel is just as wonderful and the chapel itself. You walk on a paved path up to the church. It is shaded by many large trees and in the hot summer the shade feels refreshing. It's free to visit. You can also make a donation if you wish.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cdteverett

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
May 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

Absolutely beautiful. We went to a Sunday morning service. Tourist are welcomed, as it is basically a tourist church without a regular congregation.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LarryB1800

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 11, 2014
Rated

My wife and I visited the chapel in June 2014. It is a very beautiful and inspiring place!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
KBoelen

  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 21, 2023
Rated

Gorgeous. Spent about 15 minutes here with my kids. They have a few items for purchase in the Chapel along with donation box.

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Reviewed by
Mr.Disc

  • 52 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
June 09, 2023
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We were very exited to see this on our way to Branson, however when we pulled in, the gate was closed for a private event.

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Reviewed by
leniesquilin

  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 01, 2021
Rated 5.0

So worth the stop. Beautiful and peaceful. No charge, just donations.
Don’t recommend driving to it with RV trailer due to windy and steep roads. We did it, but it wasn’t a pleasant experience.

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  • 33 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 11, 2021
Rated 5.0

This is a really special place. The brochure they give you is really excellent. Lays out the how it was built and why. Talks about the spiritual aspect and it beautiful.

Really special.

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Thorncrown Chapel

12968 Highway 62 W
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
72632 USA
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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Good for Adventurers, Backpackers, and Cultural travelers. Has a Romantic vibe.

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