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Cadet Chapel

Cadet ChapelThe Cadet Chapel is the most popular man-made attraction in Colorado, with more than a half million visitors every year. Groundbreaking began on the iconic landmark Aug. 28, 1959, and was completed in 1963 at a cost of $3.5 million.

The Cadet Chapel's principal designer and architect was Walter A. Netsch Jr. A Chicago native, Mr. Netsch studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving his degree in 1943 and joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was 34 when he completed the design for the chapel.

The chapel's aluminum, glass and steel structure soars more than 150 feet into the Colorado sky. Its 17 spires can be easily spotted from Interstate 25, several miles east.

The Cadet Chapel staff's mission is to inspire men and women to become leaders of character through spiritual formation. The chapel is open to visitors Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Large groups can request a tour led by a chapel guide by e-mailing the director of Cadet Chapel Public Relations at cadet.chapel@usafa.edu.

Worship services at the Cadet Chapel are open to the public. To view the schedule of services, click here. To schedule weddings or other ceremonies, contact the Cadet Chapel staff at 719-333-2636 or 719-333-4515 or via e-mail at cadet.chapel@usafa.edu.

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