Distinctive Destinations

Thorncrown Chapel

  • Address 12968 Highway 62 West
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
  • Hours
    9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    March & December
    11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Phone 501-324-9785

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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 more than 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. Additionally, there is 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.

Thorncrown Chapel is open the following hours:

- April through November 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (On weekends and some weekdays the chapel occasionally closes at as early as 2:15 PM for special events. Please call ahead to make sure the chapel will be open if you plan to visit late in the day. Chapel will be closed all day on Saturdays in November.)

- March and December 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

- Closed January and February except for weddings and other special events.

In 2019, Thorncrown Chapel was selected by Preservation magazine staff as one of 40 Under 40 Places—40 of the most important, most interesting, and quirkiest American places 40 years old or less.

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