Beautifull Chapels

A chapel is a building used as a place for fellowship and of worship for Christians. It may be attached to an institution such as a large church, a college, a hospital, a palace, a prison or a cemetery, or may be an entirely free-standing building, sometimes with its own grounds.

The word chapel is in particularly common usage in England, and even more so in Wales, for independent or nonconformist places of worship; and in Scotland and Ireland many ordinary Roman Catholic churches as well as non-Anglican church buildings are known to locals as "the chapel".

Brancacci Chapel
The Brancacci Chapel is a chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence.

It is sometimes called the "Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance" for its painting cycle, among the most famous and influential of the period.

The Tribute Money, fresco by Masaccio in the Brancacci Chapel.
Jesus' face in the Tribute Money.
The Healing of the Cripple and the Raising of Tabitha, by Masolino da Panicale and Masaccio.

St. Peter Healing the Sick with His Shadow, by Masaccio.
The Distribution of Alms and Death of Ananias.
Raising of the Son of Teophilus and St. Peter Enthroned, by Masaccio.

Contarelli Chapel

The Contarelli Chapel, within the church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, is famous for housing three paintings on the theme of Saint Matthew the Evangelist by the Baroque master Caravaggio.

The Calling of Saint Matthew, Caravaggio, 1599-1600
The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew, Caravaggio, 1599-1600
The Inspiration of Saint Matthew, Caravaggio, 1599-1600
Duke Chapel

 Duke University Chapel, located at the heart of the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is an ecumenical Christian chapel and the center of religion at Duke, which has strong historical connections to the United Methodist Church.

Eton College Chapel
Eton College Chapel is the chapel of Eton College, an independent school in the United Kingdom.

Heinz Memorial Chapel
Heinz Memorial Chapel is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark and a contributing property to the Schenley Farms National Historic District on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh
Interior of Heinz Chapel as viewed from the balcony
Entrance to Heinz Memorial Chapel
Heinz Memorial Chapel chancel windows and altar
North transept windows of Heinz Memorial Chapel

King's College Chapel, Cambridge

King's College Chapel is the chapel to King's College of the University of Cambridge, and is one of the finest examples of late Gothic (Perpendicular) English architecture.

King's College Chapel (partially obscured by the Gibbs' Building), seen from The Backs

Fan Vault
An interior elevation showing two windows.
Lee Chapel
Lee Chapel is a National Historic Landmark in Lexington, Virginia, on the campus of Washington & Lee University. It was constructed during 1867-68 at the request of Robert E. Lee, who was President of the University (then known as Washington College) at the time, and after whom the building is named

Magi Chapel

The Magi Chapel is a chapel in Palazzo Medici Riccardi of Florence. It includes a famous cycle of frescoes by the Renaissance master Benozzo Gozzoli, painted in 1459-1461.

Eastern Wall, the procession of the Magi.
choir of angels in the apse.
East Wall, alleged portrait of Lorenzo il Magnifico.

Medici Chapels

Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence
The Basilica di San Lorenzo (Basilica of St Lawrence) is one of the largest churches of Florence, Italy, situated at the centre of the city’s main market district, and the burial place of all the principal members of the Medici family from Cosimo il Vecchio to Cosimo III.
. The church is part of a larger monastic complex that contains other important architectural works: the Old Sacristy by Brunelleschi; the Laurentian Library by Michelangelo; the New Sacristy based on Michelangelo's designs; and the Medici Chapels by Matteo Nigetti.

Exterior from the Piazza San Lorenzo.
Interior looking towards the high altar.
The cruciform basilica with the vast domed apsidal Medici Chapel; in the cloister is the Laurentian Library.

Michelangelo, Sagrestia Nuova in the Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapels) of Florence, Italy. The tomb of Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Nemours, 1534.

Naval Academy Chapel

The United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland, is one of two houses of worship on the grounds of the Navy's service academy. The Naval Academy Chapel's cornerstone was laid in 1904 by Admiral George Dewey and the dedication of the Chapel was on May 28, 1908.

Naval Academy Chapel
The ceiling of the chapel.
The sarcophagus of John Paul Jones.
Niccoline Chapel
The Niccoline Chapel (Italian: Cappella Niccolina) is a chapel in the Vatican Palace. It is especially notable for its fresco paintings by Fra Angelico (1447–1451). The name is derived from its patron, Pope Nicholas V, who had it built for use as his private chapel.

Cappella Niccolina, Vatican Palace, Vatican City

Palatine Chapel in Aachen
The Palatine Chapel in Aachen is the chapel of Charlemagne's palace, now part of Aachen Cathedral. It is Aachen's major landmark, the central monument of the so-called Carolingian Renaissance, and the reason the French call the city Aix-la-Chapelle. The chapel holds the remains of Charlemagne and was the site of coronations for 600 years.

Throne of Charlemagne in the palace chapel.
Exterior view.

Aisle in chapel

Cappella Palatina
The Palatine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Palatina) is the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily situated on the ground floor at the center of the Palazzo Reale in Palermo.

Saracen arches and Byzantine mosaics complement each other within the Palatine Chapel.

Roger II of Sicily depicted on an Arabic-style mosaic.

Pettit Memorial Chapel

Pettit Memorial Chapel or simply, Pettit Chapel, is one of the few chapels ever designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Pettit Chapel is located in the Belvidere Cemetery in Belvidere, Illinois, United States, which is in Boone County. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1978. The chapel is an early example of Frank Lloyd Wright's famed Prairie style. It is the only work of the specific type, a structure meant for a cemetery setting, Wright ever created.

Pettit Memorial Chapel
A large porch occupies the cross of the Pettit Chapel's T-shaped plan.

Pettit Chapel is the only structure Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed for a cemetery setting.

Queen's Chapel

The Queen's Chapel is a Christian chapel in central London, England that was designed by Inigo Jones and built between 1623 and 1625 as an adjunct to St. James's Palace. It is one of the facilities of the British monarch's personal religious establishment, the Chapel Royal, and should not be confused with the room known as the Chapel Royal in the main part of the palace, which is just across the road.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel, properly named the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, was founded on a small hill above Roslin Glen as a Roman Catholic collegiate church (with between 4 and 6 ordained canons and two boy choristers) in the mid-15th century.

Rosslyn Chapel.
Interior of the chapel.
Pendant keystone in the roof
The Apprentice Pillar
1778 drawing of the inscription
 Green Man of the chapel
Carvings, which some believe depict indian corn (maize).
Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is a non-denominational chapel in Houston, Texas founded by John and Dominique de Menil. The interior serves not only as a chapel, but also as a major work of modern art. On its walls are fourteen black but color hued paintings by Mark Rothko. The shape and design of the chapel was largely influenced by the artist.

Exterior of Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Photograph taken 2004.

Sign on exterior of Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Photograph taken 2004.

Broken Obelisk


La Sainte-Chapelle (English: The Holy Chapel) is a Gothic chapel on the Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris, France. It is perhaps the high point of the full tide of the rayonnante period of Gothic architecture.

The upper chapel of the Sainte Chapelle, restored by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century

The Saint Chapelle rises above the rooflines of the royal palace. Miniature by the Limbourg brothers, ca 1400

Ceiling of the Lower Chapel
The chapel's rose window.
stained glass window.
stained glass window depicting a baptism. (Now located at the Musée de Cluny.)

Statue of Louis IX.

Sassetti Chapel

The Sassetti Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sassetti) is a chapel in the basilica of Santa Trinita in Florence, Italy. It is especially notable for its frescoes of the Stories of St. Francis, considered Domenico Ghirlandaio's masterwork.

The donor Francesco Sassetti
The Renunciation of the Worldly Goods.
The Confirmation of the Franciscan Rule.
The Test of Fire.
The Stigmata of St. Francis.
The Death of St. Francis.
The Resurrection of the Boy.
The Adoration of the Shepherds.
Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sistina) is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City

Exterior of the Sistine Chapel
 Interior of the Sistine Chapel
Raphael, Pope Julius II, c. 1511-1512, National Gallery London
Scenes of the Life of Moses, Detail of the 1481-1482 fresco
This fresco is located in the fifth compartment in the northern wall.
Scenes from the Life of Moses
 The Punishment of Korah
The Punishment of Korah.
The Temptation of Christ
The Temptation of Christ.
Left half of the ceiling, after restoration
The iconic image of the Hand of God giving life to Adam.
St Bartholomew displaying his flayed skin
The Last Judgment.
Daniel, before and after restoration.
St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

St George's Chapel is the place of worship at Windsor Castle in England. It is both a royal peculiar and the chapel of the Order of the Garter. The chapel is governed by the Dean and Canons of Windsor.

Members of the public outside St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, waiting to watch the Garter Procession

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, left, 1848.
King George VI and his wife the Queen Elizabeth, proceed through Windsor Castle to St George's Chapel for the 1948 Garter Service

St. Joan of Arc Chapel

St. Joan of Arc Chapel is today located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the campus of Marquette University, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. It was dedicated to Joan of Arc on May 26, 1966 after it had been moved from its previous location on Long Island, New York. It was originally built in the Rhone River Valley in France.

St. Joan of Arc Chapel, Marquette University
St. Joan of Arc Chapel
St Salvator's Chapel

St Salvator's Chapel (formally The Chapel of St Salvator) is one of two chapels belonging to the University of St Andrews, the other being St Leonard's Chapel. It was founded in 1450, built in the Late Gothic architectural style, and refurbished in the 1680s, 1860s and throughout the 20th century

LLandaff Oratory

The oratory was build by Maynard Mathews in memory of his son Llandaff Mathew who died while saving the lives of 8 co-workers at the Burnside Colliery mine on 19 March 1925.

Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence

The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence (Chapel of the Rosary), often referred to as the Matisse Chapel or the Vence Chapel, is a small chapel built for Dominican nuns in the town of Vence on the French Riviera. It was built and decorated between 1949 and 1951 under a plan proposed by Henri Matisse. It houses a number of Matisse originals and was regarded by Matisse himself as his "masterpiece." While the simple white exterior has drawn mixed reviews from casual observers, many regard it as one of the great religious structures of the 20th century.

The Matisse Chapel. The entrance is at the left.
Monza Cathedral
Monza Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Monza) is the main religious building of Monza, near Milan, in northern Italy.

Lunette over the portal.
The rose window.
Frescoes in the Theodolinda Chapel.
Thorncrown Chapel

The Thorncrown Chapel is located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas (USA). It was designed by architect E. Fay Jones and constructed in 1980.

Thorncrown Chapel, facing entrance from altar
Slipper Chapel

The Slipper Chapel, or Chapel of St. Catherine of Alexandria, is a Roman Catholic chapel built in 1340 as the last chapel on the pilgrims' route to Walsingham in Norfolk.

The Slipper Chapel (left) and Chapel of Reconciliation (right)
Inside the Slipper Chapel
St. Ivan Rilski Chapel

The St. Ivan Rilski Chapel (St. John of Rila Chapel, Bulgarian: ???????? ????? ???? ??????) at the Bulgarian base St. Kliment Ohridski on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands is the first Eastern Orthodox edifice in Antarctica, and the southernmost Eastern Orthodox building of worship in the world.

St. Ivan Rilski Chapel, with Balkan Snowfield and Hemus Peak, Bowles Ridge and Burdick Ridge in the background.

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