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Osaka, Japan

Chapel Goedele

A 14th-century European chapel sticks out of the facade of a Japanese hotel.  

On the eighth floor of the Hotel Monterey Osaka in Japan, an exact recreation of a 14th-century European chapel juts out from the north-facing side of the otherwise rococo exterior. 

The anomalous late medieval-style church is based on a small chapel in Moorsel, Belgium. From the stonework to the stained glass, the Chapel Goedele is a beautiful and strange feature of the hotel, and a very curious sight for anyone that catches a glimpse of the building from afar.

It’s accessible from the eighth floor, with a surrounding patio that looks and feels like a cozy European side-street. Both the chapel and patio are in the open air and exposed to natural sunlight, which comes in handy lighting up the stained-glass windows.

Inside the chapel are vaulted ceilings and antique chandeliers, adding to the classical atmosphere. The chapel it is based on is still standing in Moorsel.

Know Before You Go

The chapel is only used for wedding ceremonies.