In striking contrast to the surrounding dense forest, the Thorncrown Chapel rises forty-eight feet high into the Ozark sky with walls built of over 6,000 square feet of glass. This magnificent glass chapel in Eureka Springs captivates visitors with its stunning architecture and majestic beauty. One of the most popular attractions in Eureka Springs, a visit to the Thorncrown Chapel is a must! Here’s how to make the most of your visit.
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About the Stunning Glass Chapel In Eureka Springs
History of the Thorncrown Chapel
The Thorncrown Chapel is the realized dream of retired schoolteacher, Jim Reed, who originally purchased the land to build his retirement home. According to a history written by Reed’s son and Thorncrown Chapel pastor, the location was popular amongst people trying to capture a better glimpse of the Ozarks. Reed welcomed the visitors and decided to build the glass chapel in Eureka Springs to inspire them.
After working with architect E. Fay Jones, solving funding issues, and implementing an incredible construction plan, Reed and his team built the awe-inspiring Thorncrown Chapel. According to Reed’s son, it seemed that God was a part of the entire plan from the location of the chapel to covering building expenses. Although not a particularly religious man prior to construction, Jim Reed developed a deep relationship with God through the project.
How to Experience the Thorncrown Chapel
The woodland sanctuary has drawn over six million visitors since its construction in 1980. Today, the Thorncrown Chapel is open for daily visitations, weddings, and Sunday services. Visit the information page to find out Thorncrown Chapel hours, directions, and services.
Thorncrown Chapel Weddings
Winning numerous architectural awards, the Thorncrown Chapel is one of the most popular wedding sites in Arkansas. People from across the country choose this unique cathedral to host their special day. With its surrounding rock formations and canopy of trees, 425 windows, and stunning ceilings, it’s surely one of the most magnificent wedding venues! If you’re interested in getting married in this stunning glass chapel in Eureka Springs, visit the Thorncrown Weddings page for more information.
Complete Your Stay at Beaver Lake Cottages
Beaver Lake Cottages is the perfect place to stay while visiting the glass chapel in Eureka Springs. Inspired by the incredible Thorncrown Chapel, our cozy, glass front cabins offer unparalleled lake views, luxurious amenities, and easy access to all of Eureka Springs’ best attractions. During your stay, enjoy comfortable furniture, spacious outdoor areas, plush linens, fully-equipped kitchens, and more. You’ll find everything you need for an indulgent, relaxing stay!
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