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12/16/16

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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.

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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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