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Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona

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Built into the red sandstone cliffs of the Sonoran Desert, Chapel of the Holy Cross offers panoramic views of the region's rugged landscape. Commissioned by a local rancher and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, the chapel took nearly two years to complete, with the final touches added in 1956. Considered a wonder of modern architecture, the structure sits on a twin-pinnacled ridge, towering over the landscape from a height of about 75 m (250 ft). Sparsely adorned inside, the building contains a few benches hugging the angular walls, two rows of pews in the center, and floor-to-ceiling windows behind the altar. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for the steep climb from the parking lot. Add Chapel of the Holy Cross to your Sedona travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Sedona day trip planning website .
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  • A bit underwhelmed. Drive to the top to check for parking before stopping below. Beautiful views. Only worship is Prayer on Monday @ 5 pm.  more »
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross is very beautiful! It was so peaceful there and many places to take photos. I recommend everyone to visit. Jane from Ohio  more »
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  • Wheelchair accessible! Small location, lots of people, nice views from one side of the chapel, city views from the other. Backdrop to the chapel are intense red rock formations. A sloped walkway curves up around the chapel from the preferred parking area. I personally prefer wilderness views, but the city-folk I was with weren't walkers, so this was a nice short visit and walk for them (about 100-200 ft). I recommend passing the first gates that say you are entering the chapels grounds, and then drive as far as you can up the drive (circles left) until you actually see the chapel. You will likely find better parking up there than just inside the gates.
  • Beautiful place but park at the top if you can. Go through the gates and keep going until you get close to top. The hill takes a toll if you have respiratory issues. The grade is about 35 to 40%. There IS a turn around at the top of the hill too, I would use, because the road is narrow and you would need to make three point turns and road is busy. No food or drink allowed in chapel. Nice gift shop below with kind, helpful staff. The views are stunning. Nice breeze....😊
  • A very nice place to visit. Parking is tight and limited. If the site is busy be prepared to hike from lower parking spots up a steep drive. The Chapel was built by the Catholic Diocese for use by all denominations and pays reverence to the area and its beauty. It is well worth the visit.
  • What a beautiful place to visit. I definitely suggest going. There is a golf cart up and down the slope and the staff is always so sweet and kind. They are full of fun facts about the chapel and sedona.
  • Beautiful chapel to visit in this spiritual land of Sedona. The chapel itself blends into the landscape while also standing out with it's beautiful design and captivating stain glass on the front of the structure. The chapel itself sits higher up so it has an amazing view over the valley. Best to get there early so that you beat the people and the heat, parking can be hard to get.

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