Thanks Giving Square

On Pacific Avenue, nestled in the hustle and bustle of Downtown Dallas, is a park called Thanks-Giving Square. What I love about this place is its reason for existence. “To serve as common ground where people of all cultures and religions are welcome.” 

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There are a few sections of the park to walk around, and different spots where you can sit, reflect, pray, ponder, or whatever may strike your fancy.

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Fountain along Ervay Street
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Chapel of Thanksgiving

This park is mostly known for the tall, spiral-shaped building Chapel of Thanksgiving. You’re missing out if you do not go inside. Turn off your phone ringer. Clear your mind. Lay down on the floor and look up.

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The spiral ceiling of the Chapel of Thanksgiving
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This stained glass beauty is Glory Window by Gabriel Loire.

Photos don’t do it justice. It’s peaceful and one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. My photo adventuring buddy and I had the chapel to ourselves when we visited, so we didn’t disturb anyone with our photo-taking. We would have been more restrained had there been other visitors as it’s just how that place is supposed to be. Quiet and respectful.

After soaking up all that color, we walked over to the other side of the park called the Court of All Nations.

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Ring of Thanks

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To truly get the most out of the park, read the self-guided tour brochure. It will do a much better job of explaining the design aspects than I can. Admission is free, but donations are accepted too. The park is open from 5 AM to 11 PM, but keep in mind they may have special events going on from time to time. Also, the Chapel of Thanksgiving is only open from 11 AM to 3 PM most days.

The park was not our sole destination that day, so I recommend checking it out if you are in the Downtown area as part of seeing several of the sights, rather than it being the only thing you’ll do.

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