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Rothko Chapel

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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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I didn't really know what this place was about before I got there. It is extremely quiet inside and you're not really allowed to talk. There are big "pictures" on the wall that... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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154 reviews 154 reviews
38 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

A beautiful and tranquil chapel. The Rothko paintings surround the chapel. The colors are dark muted blues. It's a perfect place to sit and meditate or pray no matter what your religion. The canvasses are enormous and impressive. If you are a fan of Rothko's work don't miss this chapel. It is elegant in it's simplicity.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I didn't really know what this place was about before I got there. It is extremely quiet inside and you're not really allowed to talk. There are big "pictures" on the wall that the light reflects off of and you can see different types of images. For people who are into zen and art I'm sure it's a great place.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The Rothko chapel did not float my boat at all. I found the inside oppressive and I felt a heaviness whilst sat inside it. I think it was due to the lack of light and dark wall panels on each of the walls. I couldn't wait to get out in the sunshine! My daughter had a different experience she found... More 

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Austin, Texas
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Ok, so I exaggerate! It is next to a quite nice museum, and is relaxing if you want to meditate quietly and study Rothko canvases that, well, require a bit of imagination to appreciate. It is dead silent in here, anything else would ruin the moment. No photo, no bathroom, no parking- not that kind of stop.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I sat down knowing nothing about Rothko, waiting for a slide show to start. Then I found out those black screens are the show. I refuse to go along with the crowd. If you liked it fine, but I would just as soon look at bare walls. After all, what's the difference?

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Wilmington, Vermont, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This small place and the adjacent reflecting pool and Barnett Newman sculpture are one of THE best places in Houston.. An inspired idea to give people a calm place to be.. love it!

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374 reviews 374 reviews
105 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I've never seen anything quite like this place. The Rothko paintings were commissioned specifically for the space, which was designed to house the paintings. The space is lit with natural light, and the paintings glow, recede, and change with the light. It's a marvelous spot for a quiet meditation in a hectic world.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Vancouver BC
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65 helpful votes 65 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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