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Thorncrown Chapel Interior

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 1 December 2011 in Architecture.

Thorncrown Chapel posted on November 13, here. Several ask to see the interior.

Thorncrown Chapel is a 48 foot tall glass and steel chapel with 425 windows and over 6,000 feet of glass hidden in the woods near Erueka Springs, Arkansas.

NIKON D5000 1/80 second F/25.0 ISO 400 36 mm (35mm equiv.)

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

wauw what a nice church/ fine exposure

1 Dec 2011 5:15am

Ani from Bordeaux, France

Amazing and beautiful architecture. A very nice integration with nature. This gives a very special light inside.

1 Dec 2011 5:50am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb composition and a very stunning and beautiful Chapel !

1 Dec 2011 6:31am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a strong environment this creates and shares . . a very brave and impressive structure that feels so much part of the 'real' world.

1 Dec 2011 7:41am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Nice building lots of money invested in that. Great capture of it.

1 Dec 2011 8:23am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

quel endroit !! superbe chapelle en pleine nature !!!ouverte au monde ! j'adore !!

1 Dec 2011 9:01am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Lovely light and shadow.. great..

1 Dec 2011 9:07am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a lovely bare bones structure, well captured

1 Dec 2011 11:31am

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Wow what a wonderful structure inside out & outside in. At first glance one is unaware of any glass. They must have a really big bill for Windex!

1 Dec 2011 12:34pm

@Williams: ;-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

OH WOW!!! Your original shot definitely did not do it justice Barbara! What an incredible place to worship! ;-)

1 Dec 2011 12:43pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Interesting structure

1 Dec 2011 1:01pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I'm so happy you posted an interior shot for us. Having seen it from the outside, where nature takes over and it is almost hidden in the trees, I could imagine being in there. Inside, is like being in a nest in the trees, and protected by them. The play of light and shadows would be constantly changing, and imagine it in each of the seasons. This is indeed, a sanctuary; thank you very much for sharing this, Barbara.

1 Dec 2011 1:23pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thanks, Judy. Glad you like it.

franz from Baden, Austria

a stunning building by all means! letting nature in like this must make religious service even more meaningful ...

1 Dec 2011 1:51pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! you catch a great harmony
well done

1 Dec 2011 3:27pm

Twojays from Montana, United States

Man that's awesome. Though please forgive my exception to building a magnificent space of worship around a celebration of a crown of thorns. That would put me off entering it on principle. I often pivot away from the negatives in our cultural religions. This photo is just splendid Barbara.

1 Dec 2011 3:44pm

@Twojays: I don't think it was a negative thing. It gave me a feeling of peace and reverence, and was very worshipful. Thorncrown was the dream of Jim Reed, a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In 1971 Jim purchased the land which is now the site of the chapel to build his retirement home. However, other people admired his location and would often stop at his property to gain a better view of the beautiful Ozark hills. Instead of fencing them out, Jim decided to invite them in. One day while walking up the hill to his house, the idea came to him that he and his wife should build a glass chapel in the woods to give wayfarers a place to relax in an inspiring way.

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

a lovely structure, well captured!

1 Dec 2011 4:38pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Beautiful job working the light and shadows...and the angles and silhouettes are marvelous, Barbara! Hope yu are well ;-)

1 Dec 2011 7:12pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh yeah! I've been anxiously awaiting this shot you promised us earlier(with outside shot), and I'm not disappointed. I love this chapel. Wonderful light! So warm a feeling inside, even through a photo. Thanks for sharing Barbara. Really, I love this place.

1 Dec 2011 10:03pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura. Glad you like it.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

amazing lines

2 Dec 2011 12:51am

LauraS from Chico, United States

What an awe inspiring story you answered in Twojays post, Barbara. I love this history!

2 Dec 2011 2:09am

Twojays from Montana, United States

I too am moved by the story, which is so positive, and inspiring. The place is just enchanting all in all, and surely a peaceful place to visit. My cheeks are a bit pink.

2 Dec 2011 3:46pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Excellent seen, captured and presented.
Love the lines and the light
Well done Tomas

2 Dec 2011 10:27pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Why...even those who are not religious cannot stop from offering a prayer to the Earth in this special environment! I think JIM had a wonderful, wonderful idea! An idea that speaks about his heart! I wish I could be in such a place!

7 Dec 2011 7:57am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Inspiring setting to be sure!

9 Dec 2011 4:42am

1/80 second
ISO 400
36 mm (35mm equiv.)