Friday, September 30, 2011


Chapel In The Hills, Rapid City, SD
Note Jet Contrails!

Chapel In The Hills, Cupola(?), Rapid City, SD
Note Dragon-like Carvings Each Side
[Straight Out Of The Camera]
Chapel In The Hills, Rapid City, SD
Dragon Figure Detail
Straight Out Of The Camera

Chapel In The Hills,Rapid City, SD
Note Jet Contrails!

Chapel In The Hills, Rapid City, SD
"The Stubbur " (Visitor'sCenter)

Chapel In The Hills, Rapid City, SD
(My Favorite of the Photos)
The Chapel in the Hills of Rapid City, SD is an exact replica of the famous Borgund Stavkirke Norway. Built in 1969 it served as home for the Lutheran Vespers radio ministry. The Chapel is a special ministry of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Luther an Church in America (ELCA).

The Chapel attracts vacationers, sightseeing expeditions and local residents alike. It is the lovely setting for many weddings.

The Visitor’s center, known as the"Stabbur" greets arrivals and offers a variety of literature and a gift shop with a wide assortment of Scandinavian theme items. Stabbur is an authentic grass-roofed store house built in Norway and assembled on site.

A log cabin, which serves as a museum, was built by a Norwegian gold prospector who arrived during the Black Hills gold rush days. It houses articles of the 1800s brought over by Norwegians or Scandinavians.

The Chapel’s construction is unique in that the majority of its components are held in place by wooden pegs. Protective materials are applied at regular intervals to protect it from South Dakota’s harsh weather.

Norway’s form of church architecture, the "stavkirke," or stave church was fir wood, The Chapel in the Hills uses Douglas fir from the Pacific Northwest.

Read much more about the Chapel in the Hills here. 


Dimple said...

This is an interesting building. The woodwork is beautiful!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Honey I have never ever seen anything like this in my life. What an interesting chapel.
So glad you took these snap shots and shared them with us. Amazing.
I posted pictures of a very disgusting home in my post tonight.
I just hope I can sleep after seeing it today

Liz said...

Gosh, that's lovely.

flowerweaver said...

Wow! That's a very cool church. It reminds me of some of the wooden churches of the Tatra mountains in Poland and in the Ukraine.

rosaria said...

Beautiful! I just love all this workmanship.

Nezzy said...

WoW!!! That' just amazin'!!! In some spots it reminds me of a Nordic ship. Thanks for sharin' your lovely pictures of this magnificent building.

God bless ya sweetie! :o)

Lisa said...

WOW! very, very cool! and now, I wonder how a grass roof works when it comes to water.