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Chapel in the Hills

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Website  Chapel in the Hills
Completed  1969
Phone  +1 605-342-8281
Year consecrated  1969
Groundbreaking  1968
Opened  1969
Architectural style  Stave church
Added to NRHP  7 August 2012
Chapel in the Hills
Location  Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Affiliation  Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
General contractor  Dilly Construction Company
Address  3788 Chapel Ln, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA
Similar  WaTiki Indoor Waterpar, Storybook Island, Reptile Gardens, Bear Country USA, Dinosaur Park

Chapel in the hills rapid city south dakota

Chapel in the Hills is a stave church located near Rapid City, South Dakota.


The Chapel in the Hills was dedicated on July 6, 1969, as the home for the radio ministry of Lutheran Vespers. The church is a special ministry of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Chapel in the hills


The Chapel in the Hills is an exact replica of the Borgund stave church in Norway. The Borgund stavkirke was built around the year 1150 and is considered the most completely preserved stave church still standing in Norway.

The Norwegian Department of Antiquities provided a set of blueprints of the Borgund church to be used in the construction of the Chapel in the Hills. The woodcarvings resulted from the combined effort by Norwegian woodcarver Erik Fridstrøm and Rapid City resident, Helge Christiansen.

The site includes an authentic log cabin museum that was built in 1876 by Edward Nielsen, a Norwegian immigrant gold prospector from Hole, Ringerike, Norway. There is also a stabbur, a grass-roofed house, that serves as the visitor center and gift shop.


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