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The Chapel of the Prodigal in Montreat, NC

Updated on August 14, 2016
View of the Chapel in Winter
View of the Chapel in Winter

A View From Above

View of the fresco from inside the chapel
View of the fresco from inside the chapel
View of the chapel from the front
View of the chapel from the front
View of the chapel entrance
View of the chapel entrance

The Chapel of the Prodigal

Hidden away in the small quiet community of Montreat, NC is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It is known as the Chapel of the Prodigal. It is named such because inside the sanctuary of the building is an enormous fresco painting; beautifully depicting the return of the prodigal son to his home. The story of the prodigal son was told by Jesus Christ as a parable which is recorded in Luke 15:11-32.

Every year, many people come to visit Montreat for the beauty and serenity of the cove. Those who know about this hidden gem seek it out and are not disappointed. The chapel is more than just a chapel; the basement level houses the McGowan Center for Christian Studies where Montreat College students take many of their Bible and Religion classes. The upper area features the chapel with the fresco. There are stairs to a third level which offers a balcony and a small prayer room.

A Masterpiece of Grace

The fresco was painted by American artist Ben Long, who is known for a number of recognized works. Inside the chapel is a sanctuary, several offices, and a prayer room. Beneath the chapel is the McGowan Center for Christian Studies which is used by the Bible and Religion department of Montreat College. The chapel is a wonderful place to visit and pray or worship in. Many concerts, student recitals, and weddings are held there throughout the year.

The chapel is owned by Montreat College and is open to visitors of most days. For more information from Montreat College click here to visit their website.

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    • Jason Matthews profile image
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      Jason Matthews 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Don. Montreat is an incredible place. The peacefulness is so refreshing!

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Sounds like a wonderful place to visit! I should say, a quiet place but inspiring!