A hidden gem just outside Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Thorncrown Chapel resonates with themes of unity and humility. The 48-foot tall structure is a commanding sight when approached from the walkway through the surrounding forest, but it seems no more out of place than a small log cabin would.
Designed by E. Fay Jones in 1980, by far the most striking feature of the small chapel is the presence of windows as a major architectural element. With 425 in total and over 6000 square feet of glass laced throughout the building's single open room, your mind is tricked into thinking you never really entered a building at all.
The feeling of total connectedness around you when sitting at one of the small pews is transformative. It's a humbling reminder that we aren't separate from our surroundings, we're an element of them. There's a tranquility in the woods surrounding the chapel that grabs hold of you, making you to place any worries on the back burner so you can soak up everything Thorncrown is willing to give you. Take it from me, it'll give you more than you think.