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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This tiny chapel hanging off the cliff hosts some of the best views in Sedona. Parking is challenging, but chapel volunteers drive visitors up the hill in golf carts (donation appreciated). Go for the... more »
Inspiring story and view behind this chapel. Holy week was a great time to be there. Very busy and glad that we took the trolley and not driving ourselves. more »
A must visit in Sedona. Beautiful church built on the rock surrounded by red rocks. There is parking available on the top premises of the church and the parking is free. Wheelchair accessible entrance is there . A small gift shop is located down the stairs inside the church. Beautiful scenic views from the top of the chapel. Calm and quiet atmosphere.
Beautiful sacred land and building. Light a candle for someone or burst into song. On rod the most photogenic places with panoramic views and a beautiful walk up to the chapel. You can see the Madonna and child rock so clearly!
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