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Chapel in the Hills

3788 Chapel Lane, Rapid City, SD 57702
605 342 8281
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Ranked #4 of 35 Attractions in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: Stavkirke Chapel This replica of the famous 850-year-old Borgund Stave Church in Norway features unique architecture & intricate carvings... more »
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Wichita Falls, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Nestled in a hillside in a nice neighborhood, free admission (donations accepted), and wildlife all over. Turkey walking all over, rabbits, deer, etc. There is a "Prayer Trail" in the back that is very quiet and relaxing. The Chapel itself is beautiful. All wood and well taken care of. The grounds are beautifully maintained and very quiet and peaceful. A... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This chapel is much more interesting than we had imagined. The architecture is amazing and very photogenic. We were surprised that it was open at 8 am at the end of August. There is an interesting log cabin, furnished in the style of Norwegian immigrants. There were also wild turkeys wandering around. There is a gift shop full of Norwegian... More

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Plover, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Very interesting to see the craftsmanship on this little chapel. Worth the time to drive into the hills to see this.

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Peoria, Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was an interesting stop - a replica of a Norwegian church, in the middle of Rapid City. As we drove through a subdivision to get there I thought, "Where the heck are we going?" But the chapel itself is in the woods in a completely peaceful spot. It was very ornate and quite lovely, and the prayer walk was... More

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Fairfield, OH
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43 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It was nice to see an example of a Norwegian church. There are also a cabin and gift shop next door, as well as a bell and some statues behind the chapel. The chapel is small and simple inside, so it doesn't take long to visit, even allowing time for photographs. If I hadn't read ahead of time that it... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Went here with my girlfriend in May 2014. We had seen the huge sign on Canyon Lake road several times and tried to go a couple of times, but they were always closed during the winter. As a Nowegian myself it was fun to see the stavkirke, I have seen the real one in Laerdal, Norway and it is an... More

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a beautiful Norwegian Chapel to see whether or not your religious. When we visited two very nice ladies explained the set up of the grounds. There is no entrance fee but there is a donation case.Once in the Chapel an audio tape is playing explaining everything about it. Nearby is the prayer path. The gift shop is a... More

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Aurora, Colorado
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51 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We found this to be an interesting stop while in Rapid City. There is no charge to visit this exact replica of the Borgund Stavkirke build near Laerdal, Norway about 1150, but donations are accepted. The carvings on the church were actually done by a master carver in Norway and shipped to the US. There are supposedly 16,000 shingles on... More

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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The Stev Kirke church is beautiful and amazing. We arrived there first thing in the morning on a Saturday - they were having a wedding there later in the afternoon, but we were able to walk in and all around. Was told this church is built completely without nails - had to keep checking to make sure, but it's true!... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Beautiful setting, small, intimate, and reminiscent of Norwegian heritage. For those who want a quiet place to reflect, meditate, and/or worship, this chapel is the place to be. Weddings, photos opportunities, and just to experience a small slice of history is a good reason to visit.

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