Calera, Alabama: Rock Igloo Prayer House

A small, igloo-shaped dome made of rocks with a granite sign over the opening, "House of Prayer," sits alone beside a county road. Built in the late 1970s by a retired Alabama state trooper who wanted a roadside chapel that was theft-proof.
County Rd 63, Calera, AL
West edge of town. On the west side of County Rd 63 just south of its intersection with County Rd 16. I-65 exit 228. Turn west onto Hwy 25/Main St. Drive one mile. Turn right at the stoplight onto US Hwy 31. Drive a half-mile. Turn left onto 8th Ave. Drive 1.5 miles. Turn left onto CR 63. You'll see the igloo ahead, on the right.
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Small, dome-shaped building made of dark rocks has an open doorway, is backed by trees, stands on the edge of a dirt pull-off next to a road.

Rock Igloo Prayer House

The Rock Igloo Prayer House is only four minutes off the highway.

[Danielle Bush, 04/06/2018]

Interior of a small, round building has an open doorway and a center tabletop made from a round millstone.

Rock Igloo Prayer House

Right off the side of the highway, this little igloo seems to be an oasis for many. A pen and paper is provided to write down your prayers, and is already half way full.

[Eliza, 06/27/2017]

Small, dome-shaped building made of dark rocks has an open doorway, is surrounded by trees.

Rock Igloo Prayer House

Unique building. And clearly used for worship. Be respectful, there are two bibles inside if you forget to bring your own.

[Captainkuzey, 12/24/2014]

... and you might even find a selection of Jack Chick Christian comics.

House of Prayer

An interesting, small, igloo-shaped dome with a granite sign over the opening, "House of Prayer." Inside is a low, circular bench or prayer table of some kind (it looks an awful like like an old well that has been capped and cemented over). Not much is known about this small roadside prayer house. It's been there for at least 30 years and it's not uncommon to find prayer requests written on pieces of paper inside.

[Eric Koch, 12/07/2012]

The igloo was built in 1978-79 by Robert Kendrick, a retired Alabama state trooper who feared that traditional Christian chapels were vulnerable to break-ins and theft. The House of Prayer has no door (and nothing to steal) and you have to bend reverently to enter. The prayer table is an old millstone.

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