Eureka Springs is the home of THORNCROWN CHAPEL – which made MSNBC’s list of the world’s 10 most beautiful churches. Thorncrown shares this distinction with much more elaborate cathedrals in Italy and England, with a towering concrete structure in Iceland, and with a wooden church in Norway from the Middle Ages.
From the article: “Deep in the Ozark Mountains, near the community of Eureka Springs (one of the coolest small towns in America according to Budget Travel’s 2011 poll)…The church is so far off the beaten path that even the best new GPS devices don’t quite get the coordinates right — but it’s worth seeking out.”
The beauty of Thorncrown is its simplicity, its intimacy and the way it peacefully inhabits the woods that encircle it. We have visited it with family, attended a wedding, and this week had the rare pleasure to hear music performed there as part of Artosphere, a 6-week festival celebrating artists who are influenced by nature, sponsored by the Walton Arts Center. Listening to Frank Vignola and the Virtuoso Band with wooded views behind and around them, as muted sunlight filtered through the chapel’s 425 windows was magical!