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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
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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.

General
  • Business Hours: Su-Sa, 8am-8pm; Sunday worship services at 11am.
  • Miles To Convention Center: 2.10
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 16.2
  • Miles to VIC: 3.30
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  • 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
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  • 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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Duke Chapel Carillon Recital

Duke's 50-bell carillon is one of the oldest such instruments in the American South. Mr. J. Samuel Hammond, the University carilloneur for more than 50 years, will will present a 45-minute …


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Organ Recital Series: Dr. Kola Owolabi

Dr. Kola Owolabi, whose playing has been described as "a thrilling combination of technical prowess and artistic ingenuity" (The American Organist), will present an eclectic program of …


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Candlelit All Hallows' Eve Service

All are welcome to attend the Chapel's candlelit All Hallows' Eve service, which takes place on the eve of All Saints Day, the festival in the Church that recalls the faith and witness of those who …


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St. Thomas Choir, Leipzig

The Thomanerchor — otherwise known as the St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig, whose most famous cantor was Johann Sebastian Bach — is one of the world’s most enduring musical i…


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Handel's “Messiah” Concert

For eighty-five years, Messiah has been the cornerstone of the Chapel's concert life and one of the centerpieces of Duke's holiday season. Performed annually during the season of Advent, Handel's …


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Mendelssohn's Elijah

Performance by Duke Chapel Choir & Duke Chorale.


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Why Christian 2018

An event curated by Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans. Why, in the wake of centuries of corruption, hypocrisy, crusades, televangelists, and puppet ministries do we continue to follow Jesus? …


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The Tallis Scholars

Over the last four decades, London’s Tallis Scholars have become unquestioned authorities of renaissance polyphony — “ethereal and yet full-blooded, uplifting and yet …


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