Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thorncrown Chapel

There's an old folk saying about the Ozarks: "It's not that the mountains are so high, it's just that the valleys are so deep."

It's true, the mountains of northwest Arkansas are breathtaking. The drive over to Eureka Springs is curvy with very few places to actually pull over to enjoy the view. One glance off the road and you might just end up down in the holler!

Highway 62 is a beautiful drive, the White River flows down from Beaver Lake Dam. The clear blue water is so cold, you can't bear to put your feet in it more than a few minutes!

Hard to match Mother Nature's beauty, but just a few miles up the road, just outside of Eureka Springs sets a glass chapel that rivals Nature's majesty.

Thorncrown Chapel was designed by Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones in 1978 and opened two years later in 1980. The 48 foot tall wooden structure has 425 windows and sets in the midst of nature. The dream of retired school teacher Jim Reed, he wanted a place for visitors of Eureka Springs to worship.

Recently, members of the American Institute of Architects placed Thorncrown Chapel 4th on its list of the top buildings of the twentieth century.

Inside the exactness of the design is awe inspiring. Everywhere you look, this woodland sanctuary takes your breath away.

Structure or Nature, one of the rare times that they are equal.

Thorncrown Chapel.com


  1. Beautiful pictures. God's wonderful work of art, and the chapel so serene. Amazing beauty all around. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That is so gorgeous. I am a woods girl over a beach girl. And I am God's girl. This is a dream!

  3. oh, i've seen this structure on someone else's blog before! it's amazing! so are your valley photos!!!

  4. The Ozarks is breathtaking. Love the folk saying about the mountains. The chapel is downright original and interesting. Thanks for visiting my blog. Come on back, again.

  5. I think I have been there! Is it anywhere near The Christ of the Ozarks?

  6. We've been by the chapel before, but never inside. Thanks for taking me there.

  7. Beautiful chapel! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am off to read through yours!

  8. The chapel would be wonderful for a wedding!

  9. Have you posted about this chapel before? I remember this from a blog. Love the mountain shots!

  10. Ahhhh! It's called a "holler" not a Hollow...now I see where I went wrong!...:)JP

  11. Love your pretty NWA pics! Thanks for sharing. I'll be leaving to move back in less than 4 hours - YAY!


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