U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (KKTV) - This is it: Tuesday is your last chance to visit the famed Air Force Academy Chapel for the next three-plus years.
The chapel will be open to visitors Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. After 4:30, the doors will close to all but construction workers until at least November 2022.
Between now and 2022, the chapel will be undergoing a $158 million makeover. As 11 News previously reported, the pending repairs are to address structural issues including chronic leaking, which has plagued the building since it was built in the 60s. The building's aluminum skin will be replaced and the 24,000 original stained glass pieces will be removed and cleaned during the massive overhaul.
The chapel is ranked Colorado's number one human-made attraction and is registered as a National Historic Landmark. It's an all-faith worship center and includes Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist chapels within the building.
During the lengthy closure, cadets will be provided with alternative locations to worship.