Thorncrown Chapel is a beautiful place to visit, whether you’re going to Eureka Springs for a special occasion or just want to take a scenic road trip. The beautiful wooden structure is 48 feet tall, and contains 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. The chapel officially opened in 1980, and attracts people from all around for weddings, special occasions and casual visits.
Thorncrown Chapel is located on Highway 62 West just outside of Eureka Springs, and admission is free but donations are accepted. Jim Reed of Pine Bluff purchased the land in 1971 to build his retirement home. However, people were attracted to the gorgeous location for sightseeing, so Jim and his wife decided to build a glass chapel to give travelers a place to soak up the Ozark hills and relax.
The chapel has won a variety of architectural awards, and has been featured on television programs such as NBC Nightly News. Several major magazines have also covered stories on the chapel, from Time to Newsweek. When you step inside, it’s easy to see what makes the chapel so special. The outdoor view is stunning no matter the season.
April through November, Thorncrown Chapel is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and occasionally closes early to the public for special events. It’s best to call ahead and check before making the trip to visit. Sunday services are held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April through October, and all people are welcome to attend.
Complete your summer of traveling with a visit to this iconic chapel, or visit in the fall while colorful leaves are painting the landscape. Take time to stop and enjoy the many beautiful sights and unique shops that Eureka Springs has to offer while you’re in the area!