Worth a Visit: Chapel in the Hills in South Dakota
3788 Chapel Ln., Rapid City, South Dakota The unusual multiroofed timber building seen in the woods at the foot of
3788 Chapel Ln., Rapid City, South Dakota
The unusual multiroofed timber building seen in the woods at the foot of the Black Hills is a Norwegian stavkirke (stave church). It is an exact replica of the Borgund Stavkirke, the best-preserved example in Norway (the Norwegian government provided the original blueprints for its Rapid City twin). The gabled roofs, growing smaller as they ascend, are these churches’ most eye-catching feature.
The tranquillity of the church and its hilly grounds is as much of a draw as the architecture, as a stroll on the Prayer/Meditation Walk winding behind the church will attest. Also on the grounds are a log cabin built by a Black Hills prospector, and the gift shop is housed in a stabbur—a Norwegian wooden building with a grass roof.
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