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10 Great American Churches: U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel

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Source: USA Today

As the holiday season enters its final busy weeks, historic churches and religious buildings have a special draw to visitors, says Stephanie Meeks, president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel
Colorado Springs

While this modern design was controversial when completed in 1962, it’s now embraced as a national landmark. The 150-foot-tall aluminum, glass and steel structure has separate chapels for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist worship, plus an all-faiths room used by Muslim cadets. Designed by Walter Netsch of the famed firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, “its soaring Modernist architecture is certainly worth a visit,” says Meeks.

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