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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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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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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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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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
12 helpful votes 12 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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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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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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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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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