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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Chapel of the Holy Cross Reviews
First "hike" of our trip. Parked along the road on a Sunday and could have taken the golf cart up the road to the Chapel but we decided to walk the steep climb on roadway. Nice view of Sedona Red... more »
A piece of heaven on earth! No trip to Sedona is complete without a visit here. The view and serenity is beyond comparison. more »
Beautiful church in such a beautiful location! Took so many great pictures here. The way the sun hits different areas outside is amazing..so many great photo opportunities if you're in to that kind of thing..I'm not religious but I still enjoyed the visit..they have a cute little gift shop but I didn't see anything too appealing..but again, I'm not religious so to somebody who is, I'm sure it all would have meant a lot more to them and a commemorative item would have been a nice thing to have..
We didn't make it up to the Chapel level. Though being in the parking lot right below allows for some magnificent views. The ramp up is quite steep, so even being wheelchair accessible for some manual chairs will be tough. Definitely a place to just stop and admire the views, in person is so much better.
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