Thorncrown Chapel

Nestled in a woodland setting, Thorncrown Chapel rises forty-eight feet into the Ozark sky. This magnificent wooden structure contains 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. It sits atop over 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone, making it blend perfectly with its setting. The chapel's simple design and majestic beauty combine to make it what critics have called "one of the finest religious spaces of modern times."

Since the chapel opened in 1980, over seven million people have visited this woodland sanctuary. Designed by renowned architect E. Fay Jones, Thorncrown has won numerous architectural awards such as the American Institute of Architects’ Design of the Year Award for 1981 and AIA’s prestigious 25 Year Award. Additionally, members of the American Institute of Architects placed Thorncrown Chapel fourth on its list of the top buildings of the twentieth century.

Thorncrown Chapel is located on Highway 62 West just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted. We have ample parking for buses and RVs. So, while in the Ozarks, stop by what many have called one of the most beautiful and inspiring chapels in the world.


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Imagine yourself walking down a beautiful stone path through the serenity of the woods. At the end of the trail is the majestic Thorncrown Chapel. The doors open, the music begins to play, a moment you will remember the rest of your life has begun.

Thorncrown Chapel is Eureka Springs’ premier wedding location. Surrounded by beautiful rock formations and a canopy of trees, the chapel provides a gorgeous setting for your wedding ceremony. Because Thorncrown has 425 windows and a skylight, your wedding can be indoors in air conditioned comfort, but you will feel like you are outdoors in the midst of the Ozark woods.

To see pictures of Thorncrown weddings, please visit our wedding album. You can also view our virtual tour which will give you an idea of what it is like to walk down the aisle at Thorncrown Chapel.


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