Summerall Chapel, The Citadel
Ave. of Remembrance, Citadel campus
Type of Prayer Place
Summerall Chapel, built in 1936, is a towering building with 14th Century architecture. One of the first things you notice is the large inscription carved over the front of the building that says “Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” (a quote from Ecclesiastes 12:1) Under this inscription the corp of cadets passes as they enter for worship. The interior feels massive, with the subdued light of intricate stained glass windows, an array of colorful flags and wrought iron chandeliers. Above the front altar the inscription reads “To the glory of God in memory of the Citadel’s patriot dead.” The church is built like a cross with a small side chapel to the left.
How I used this place of prayer
My husband graduated from the Citadel and we went by the campus on a trip to Charleston. I was very thankful for the reverent, prayerful atmosphere. I found this statement on the official Citadel website that describes the chapel as a place of worship and then says, “Finally, it is for all who enter a place of prayer. It’s not uncommon throughout the week to find staff and faculty sitting in prayer.”
Contact Information / Sponsoring Organization
Visitors are welcome during worship services when college is in session.
Added by Karen Barber on May 16, 2014