Definitely worth the trip.
Who said that you can't find religion at the end of Science Drive? Attended my first service there today and took the tour afterwards. It really is an architectural marvel. It ranks only behind the Biltmore in terms of places visited in the state of North Carolina. Really recommend the tour as it really fleshes out a lot of the details in the chapel that you wouldn't otherwise think about.
Spending time in Duke Chapel, whether or not a service or performance is going on, is a feast for the eyes and the soul. It's awe-inspiring, no matter what your religion, I think. The architecture, organ, and stained glass windows are breath-taking! Spend some time there, it'll be a highlight of your visit to Durham!
Stained glass and ornate organs lure half a million visitors here each year.. In Short As one of the most recognizable buildings at Duke University, the chapel remains a beloved part of campus. Each year, a variety of musical performances amaze audiences--particularly Handel's Messiah--but the chapel also holds regular worship services on Sunday mornings. Check out all four of the chapel's organs--especially the Flentrop, which is visible upon entrance. Known as Bach's organ, it pumps out intense harmonies that reverberate throughout.
Just this side of heaven.
With the new parking garage behind Duke's Bryan Center (at the end of Science Dr.), it's never been easier to enjoy the wonders of Duke Chapel.
Check the Chapel website for other services like Taize on Tues evenings and Vespers on Thursday evenings.
But a word to the wise - if you're coming for a long concert (esp. the Messiah!), bring a pillow or cushion to sit on. Somehow they combined the most beautiful architecture with the most uncomfortable pews!
And legend has it, there is a Blue Devil on one of the stained glass windows. Can you find it?