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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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  • Breathtaking and beautiful view. Peaceful inside. Worth the visit. Definitely a must stop in Sedona. The chapel and the crucified Christ sculpture are absolutely beautiful and the detail is...  more »
  • This chapel is very popular and is often a place people will stop in when visiting from out of town. It is very unique in that it sits amongst the surrounding red rock formations which is unlike any.....  more »
  • We tried to visit the Chapel one afternoon, and after waiting in a line of cars for a parking spot for about 15 minutes, we gave up and went early the next morning. We zipped right into one of the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very peaceful. The Lord is present here! The staff is very nice and the church itself is beautiful on the inside and out. A good place to visit and pray. The gift in the lower levels is filled with amazing Christian gifts, souvenirs, and Bibles. A must visit for a visiting Christian
  • Striking setting. Small (Catholic) chapel with bold design. Very popular with tourists. Grounds are nicely kept, too. A gift shop has simple touristy trinkets, but also beautiful artwork, religious items. Very friendly staff.
  • Have to come here and say a prayer or two. It is a must Everytime I come here I leave here blessed. The accessories and the view is beautiful. I always buy from the shop down the stairs. The scenery is outstanding and gorgeous it leaves you breathless. The chapel is just one of many places to visit but it's more spiritual than just the views.

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