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Rothko Chapel

Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
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Address: 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006
Phone Number: 713 524 9839
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Description: A tribute to contemporary art: this beautiful building contains 14...
A tribute to contemporary art: this beautiful building contains 14 paintings by the famous artist Mark Rothko and a sculpture by Barnett Newman.
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When I lived in Houston I came to Rothko a number of times for my own spiritual reasons. I brought a loved one over Thanksgiving to experience the space and see Rothko's work. As... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

When I lived in Houston I came to Rothko a number of times for my own spiritual reasons. I brought a loved one over Thanksgiving to experience the space and see Rothko's work. As a sight for more tourist purposes, it's not much to see on its own. But when coupled with the Menil next door, it's a good two... More 

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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Go. Sit. Look. Breathe. Quiet your mind. Let the paintings open up. After 30 minutes or so, walk outside. You will feel as if you have gone on a beach vacation for a week. Quite remarkable.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I was so happy we have visited this place, you just sit there and look at those amazing paintings of Rothko and contemplate. Very spiritual place, brings you closer to your thoughts about the universe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

As Rothko is one of my favorite artists, I felt compelled to visit this chapel. But the experience was much deeper and enjoyable than seeing great artwork. On the inside, the stillness is incredible - a perfect place to meditate, calm your mind and get a fresh start. I recommend sitting or meditating at the very minimum 15-20 minutes. Then... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I love Mark Rothko's work. He was one of the top abstract expressionist painters. If you like abstract works, go see it. If not you may want to go somewhere else. The weather conditions can affect your experience when you visit. The chapel is lit primarily by natural lighting. The light will vary depending on how clear the sky is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The chapel is wonderful, you'll forget you're in the heart of a bustling city. The chapel is an experience but each of the panels are unique. I believe everyone has a unique experience with art. My experience was one that brought me calmness and serenity. In our world it is very tough to find silence and peacefulness. But, once inside... More 

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38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Not impressed with our stop at the Rothko Chapel. Very interesting inside and awkward to be honest. Especially with squeaky shoes coming in. I wouldn't really recommend it, very anti-climatic.

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El Paso, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Tranquil ?- yes. Peaceful? - for sure. Non-denominational? ok. Contemplative? - depends. I mostly tried to feel the way I thought I was supposed to feel, and looked at other visitors to see if I could tell what they were thinking, and that didn't really happen. I kept imagining how much fun Jackson Pollock might have had with those blank... More 

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Utah
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I've been a fan of Rothko for a long time now, but had never had a chance to see the Rothko Chapel until now! I had seen photos of it before, so I knew what to expect--large canvasses of black paint (or, a few with dark purple). It wasn't as "spiritual" of an experience as I was hoping for, but... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Rothko was one of the greatest painters of the last century. This is a dimly lit chapel built in concrete. Some have compared it to a bunker. The fourteen large paintings are rich, deep virtual monochromes. This is not a place to pop in and out of in order to get a quick snap on your iphone. It's a space... More 

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