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Duke University Chapel

  • 401 Chapel Dr, Duke University West Campus
  • Durham, NC 27708-9974
  • Primary: (919) 684-2572
  • Fax: (919) 684-8660

Duke Chapel is the most visible piece of Duke University's architectural beauty. Its tower soars 210 feet above West Campus, making this neo-Gothic building an awe-inspiring sight. The structure houses the Flentrop Organ (5,200 pipes), 50-bell carillon, and is adorned with stained-glass windows.

Completed in 1932, the Chapel now houses a robust and welcoming church community with interdenominational services open to the public that are notable not only for the beauty of the building, but for the music integrated into each service and played on one of the three organs and sounded out by the carillon. Concerts, theological discussions, and more events are also regularly held in the Chapel, making it a centerpiece of the religious community at Duke, and in Durham as a whole.

  • Business Hours: Su-Sa, 8am-8pm; Sunday worship services at 11am.
  • Miles To Convention Center: 2.10
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 16.2
  • Free Admission All The Time:
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Group Tour Info
  • Avg. Tour Length: 30 minutes
  • Group Rates: Free Admission
  • Scheduling Policy: Guided tours are available to school groups, senior citizens’ groups, church groups, and families. T
  • Tour Type: Self-Guided & Guided
Property Details & Services
  • Year Built: 1935
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Duke University Chapel Meeting Facility
  • Total Sqft.: 18,000
  • Theatre Capacity: 1,500
  • Outdoor Capacity: 0
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Meeting Facility Rooms
63 X 291

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Duke Chorale Christmas Concert

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Handel's “Messiah” Concert

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CROP Hunger Walk

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