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Duke University and Chapel, Durham

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Duke University and Chapel, Durham, North Carolina NC

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You can pretend you're in Europe as you walk around the campus of Duke University. Its famous Gothic architecture is gorgeous! Each building, archway, decorative detail, and adorable window make your heart leap! And grassy quads under bountiful shade make for an idyllic place. 
Check out the Duke Chapel, a major tourist destination. It's lovely to walk around its exterior, admiring arches, spires, and wooden doors with decorative ironwork. The interior of the chapel didn't appeal to me as much- the stained glass is too detailed and the dimensions are a little too grand and lacking intimacy- but it's still impressive nonetheless.
It's nice to hangout by the Student Bookstore, where there are several patios under leafy trees. With the Gothic buildings in the distance, and a frame of delicate leaves, the views from these patios are memorable. There are plenty of four-seater rockers with blue plush seating on these patios! Browse the bookstore which has Duke apparel and a small section of books. 
Cross the pedestrian bridge and in the middle of it you will see a gorgeous modern glass building. This is where you can find a food court with Italian, Japanese, Indian, and more types of cuisine! It's wonderful!
Walk inside the Duke library and admire the vaulted ceiling and arched windows.
At exactly google's stated time for sunset, you can see fireflies all around campus in the grassy patches and forested areas in summer!
Make sure you save plenty of time to explore the world-class Sarah P. Duke Gardens, adjacent to Duke's west campus.
Duke University is named after Washington Duke, tobacco tycoon, who gave large donations to the university. His donations came with the stipulation that the college "open its doors to women, placing them on an equal footing with men." He was way ahead of his time!
Washington's sons James and Benjamin also gave generously to the university. Sarah P. Duke Gardens is named after Benjamin's wife.  James was the father of only one child, Doris Duke, who created Doris Duke Shangri-la.
After, check out the hip coffee shops and restaurants in Durham town. Cocoa Cinnamon (the one on Hillsborough Rd is the closest) is six minutes away! Guglhupf Bakery and Cafe on Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd is eight minutes away.

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Summer evening stroll at Duke campus.
Summer evening stroll at Duke campus.
Golden light of evening at Duke Campus.
Golden light of evening at Duke Campus.
The buildings on campus just melt your heart at sunset.
The buildings on campus just melt your heart at sunset.
Stairs leading from Sarah P. Duke Gardens to campus.
Stairs leading from Sarah P. Duke Gardens to campus.
Buildings on campus.
Buildings on campus.
Window and bricks.
Window and bricks.
Sweet honeycomb-tinted doorway.
Sweet honeycomb-tinted doorway.
Arched windows and doorways.
Arched windows and doorways.
Huge quad.
Huge quad.
Castle-like building.
Castle-like building.
Shady walkway- what a beautiful campus!
Shady walkway- what a beautiful campus!
Inside the library.
Inside the library.
Ceiling of the library lobby.
Ceiling of the library lobby.
Bikes outside a building.
Bikes outside a building.
Duke Chapel in all its glory.
Duke Chapel in all its glory.
Cute twisty architecture.
Cute twisty architecture.
Doorway to Duke Chapel.
Doorway to Duke Chapel.
Side of Duke Chapel.
Side of Duke Chapel.
Arches at the side of Duke Chapel.
Arches at the side of Duke Chapel.
Looking up at Duke Chapel.
Looking up at Duke Chapel.
Arches at the side of Duke Chapel.
Arches at the side of Duke Chapel.
Lamp at Duke Chapel.
Lamp at Duke Chapel.
Curlicues on the doors at Duke Chapel.
Curlicues on the doors at Duke Chapel.
Little path leading out into the forest, near McClendon Tower.
Little path leading out into the forest, near McClendon Tower.
I love these rocking benches for six.
I love these rocking benches for six.
Round Table housing.
Round Table housing.
Archway.
Archway.
Walking under an archway.
Walking under an archway.
Shady places to stroll.
Shady places to stroll.
Castle building.
Castle building.
Bikes and side of building like a castle.
Bikes and side of building like a castle.
Thick arches.
Thick arches.
Tower in the distance.
Tower in the distance.
Modern area near the dining commons.
Modern area near the dining commons.
Modern dining commons, in between historic buildings.
Modern dining commons, in between historic buildings.
Walk up to these tables that are so European!
Walk up to these tables that are so European!
University Store.
University Store.
Modern building near the University Store.
Modern building near the University Store.
Little spot to sit with an amazing view!
Little spot to sit with an amazing view!
Another area with lots of tables and chairs, like France.
Another area with lots of tables and chairs, like France.
View of Duke Chapel.
View of Duke Chapel.
Side of Duke Chapel.
Side of Duke Chapel.
I love this doorway at Duke Chapel!
I love this doorway at Duke Chapel!
Organ in Duke Chapel.
Organ in Duke Chapel.
Decorations everywhere.
Decorations everywhere.
The altar.
The altar.
Inside Duke Chapel.
Inside Duke Chapel.
Stained glass windows.
Stained glass windows.
Little window with pretty design.
Little window with pretty design.
Blue stained glass inside Duke Chapel.
Blue stained glass inside Duke Chapel.
Modern glass cafeteria between historic buildings, at night. This is where you will find the international food court!
Modern glass cafeteria between historic buildings, at night. This is where you will find the international food court!
Driving up to Duke Chapel at night.
Driving up to Duke Chapel at night.
Duke Chapel's archways at night.
Duke Chapel's archways at night.
Blue light in the arches of Duke Chapel.
Blue light in the arches of Duke Chapel.
Looking up at the amazing Duke Chapel at night.
Looking up at the amazing Duke Chapel at night.
Castle building in the evening.
Castle building in the evening.
Staircase and castle building in the distance.
Staircase and castle building in the distance.
Flowers, arches, and lit-up windows.
Flowers, arches, and lit-up windows.
The campus at night.
The campus at night.
The chapel and statue at night.
The chapel and statue at night.
Leaving Duke Chapel at night.
Leaving Duke Chapel at night.
Inside Duke Chapel at night.
Inside Duke Chapel at night.
Entering Duke Chapel at night.
Entering Duke Chapel at night.
Castle building at night.
Castle building at night.
Duke Chapel and night sky.
Duke Chapel and night sky.
Arches lit at night.
Arches lit at night.
The beautiful bricks of Duke Chapel, and night sky.
The beautiful bricks of Duke Chapel, and night sky.
Side windows lit at night.
Side windows lit at night.
The chapel looks dazzling at night.
The chapel looks dazzling at night.

Directions

Duke University's parking lot and structure is located at 123 Science Drive, Durham. It costs $2 per hour and you pay with credit card in a machine. You must know your license plate number to pay at the machine. Also, even though the ticket says not to leave it on your dashboard, you must, otherwise you might get fined! This is what happened to us.

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Last Updated: Fri, 05 Oct 2018 16:27:25 GMT