My good friend, Bonnie, wanted to visit Duke University while we were in Raleigh.
Duke University is a private institution that was founded in 1838.
In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James B. Duke established The Duke Endowment,
This is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen in America with it's neo gothic buildings. The last time I saw chimney spirals like this I was in Hampstead, England.
Inside Duke Chapel...nearly 1,600 people can be seated
and it contains a 5,200-pipe organ.
Carved on the ornate entrance to the Chapel are ten figures important to Methodism, Protestantism and the American South. On the outer arch above the portal are carved three figures pivotal to the American Methodist movement...Bishop Francis Asbury stands in the center, while Bishop Thomas Coke and George Whitefield stand on the left and right, respectively. John Wesley, founder of Methodism, stands atop the inner arch within the portal, directly above the Chapel doors.
On the left wall within the entrance portal are carved (from left to right) Girolamo Savonarola, Martin Luther & John Wycliffe.
On the right wall (from left to right) are Thomas Jefferson, statesman of the South; Robert E. Lee, soldier of the South; and Sidney Lanier, poet of the South.
We came across this statue of a man looking at a statue and wondered what it meant...we googled it...it's Knut Schmidt-Nielson, the famous animal physiologist, looking at a camel, honoring his more than twenty years of work studying and dispelling myths on how camels withstand the harsh desert environment. He was a professor here at Duke. Though, I am not a big Duke fan (I like UNC Tarheels better) I would have loved to have gone to school here and live on this beautiful campus!