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Rothko Chapel

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Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
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Address: 3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006-4839
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+1 713-524-9839
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Wonderful contemplative space

The Rothko is a place where you can be with yourself even with others around. Your mind can drop into the paintings. The understatedness of it leave you room to roam Everyone... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Robert S
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Lawrence, Kansas
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is like no other chapel you have ever been to. With Rothko's intimidating canvases, the space (to me) felt gloomy and doomed. Though, there were zafus available for meditation, alongside traditional backless pews, and a prayer rug. Just go, you won't ever forget this place.

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Thank JenTravels2014
London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Instead of icons there a black paintings on all walls. People of any religion are welcome here. Some people spent there some time. We didn't get it and left in 5 minutes.

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Thank KarishkaLondon
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rothko is a place where you can be with yourself even with others around. Your mind can drop into the paintings. The understatedness of it leave you room to roam Everyone should give it a try. I try to avoid Friday because there have been wedding parties inside rehearsing twice when I came by.

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Thank Robert S
Billings, Montana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The chapel inside is very peaceful... All faiths welcome. Meditation encouraged. We are Catholic. We said a little prayer to ourselves and just took in the peacefulness.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mark Rothko was an artist whose work slowly morphed over his lifetime from more colorful traditional paintings into a series of large field paintings: canvasses with just a single color on them, usually black. At much the same rate his mental state seemingly devolved and I believe he eventually killed himself, so perhaps the blackness was what he felt in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

This chapel, located in an inconspicuous neighborhood in Houston, is home some of Rothko's most impressive, large paintings. They are subdued. Whenever I am i Houston, a visit this place. It is wonderful to enjoy the Rothko's and to meditate.

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Thank warren D
indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Rothko intended a tragic air to this extraordinary space for 14 (or so) site-specific paintings, but it can be quite uplifting, given the right weather conditions. We went in there on a sunny day with moving clouds, so that the lighting changed dramatically and often. Upon entry, it appears that there are nothing but black paintings inside on the walls.... More 

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Ft. Mohave, AZ
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

On our first visit to this over-rated place, we arrived with an architecture professor from a famous university. The chapel was pitch black inside. The guards got irritated because my wife, a painter, leaned close to a pitch black painting on the wall to try and see it. Then the guards threw the professor out for talking inside the chapel.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Rothko was a weird person, and his art is weird. there's nothing there that would attract a real art lover. macabre, dark, devilish colors..no wonder Rothko committed suicide

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Thank Alexander M
key west and new york
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

I like some Rothkos ( my uncle owned 4) but these were dark and depressing as was both the interior and exterior of the chapel. Only wooden benches and paintings inside. I prefer my inspiration to come from beauty, not dispair.

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