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Duke Chapel

Duke Chapel is a Gothic Cathedral (Also referred to as Collegiate Gothic.) It was built between 1930 and 1935 by James Buchanan Duke. And is part of Duke University.

It is located on the campus of Duke University in Durham North Carolina. Visit the website for more information about it.

It seats 1500 people and is still an active place of worship.

If you want to see some video of Duke Chapel I have it on my yooutube channel here.

 

 

 

 

 

Are you curious as to what those strange pointy things are on top of the Chapel? They kind of look like antennae but of course they aren't. They are called Pinnacles.

This is a spectacular gothic cathedral with all of the typical architectural elements. But one thing about this cathedral that really stands out is the stone used.

And it is cut predominantly in a 2:1 ratio which is a bit uncommon for cathedrals.

With all those different colors you might think that it was different stone. But it is all the same stone. It is Duke Bluestone, also known as Hillsborough Hillstone. It was locally quarried from Hillsborough North Carolina. This stone actually varied by 17 different shade of color. But it is all the same stone.

The detail work and work around the windows is Indiana Limestone.

Let's take a look inside.

 

 

 

The stonework is limestone but the walls are made of a special composite called Guastavino Tile which has special acoustic properties.

The cathedral also has a magnificent collection of stained glass windows.