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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My family and I visited the Chapel of the Holy Cross on a Monday afternoon. It was an uplighting religious experience to do during Lent. It highlighted that Christ our Savior gave His life for our...
My family and I visited the Chapel of the Holy Cross on a Monday afternoon. It was an uplighting religious experience to do during Lent. It highlighted that Christ our Savior gave His life for our... more »
This was a wonderful site to visit. It is quite a long walk up to the chapel, so take advantage of the golf cart 'helpers'! The views are spectacular and the chapel itself is very warm and inviting.
This was a wonderful site to visit. It is quite a long walk up to the chapel, so take advantage of the golf cart 'helpers'! The views are spectacular and the chapel itself is very warm and inviting. more »
Such a beautiful gem nestled among the red rocks. There is handicap parking in a small lot at the top but if not in a wheelchair the ramp up is a bit steep. You can take your time and there are people to help. The chapel itself is a quiet place of solitude and prayer. There is a nice religious gift shop downstairs. The chapel is beautiful!! The views from the outer walkway are incredible. Definitely worth the visit.
This little hike was beautiful. It was a pretty smooth walk all the way to the top. We stopped at the bottom for some nice pics and then continued walking, following the road all the way up the hill to get to the top of it (there's also a small parking lot up there). It was beautiful view.
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