Just one of many churches in Sedona, but this has the highest elevation, offering scenic breathtaking views of Sedona. That's why there are more visitors here than elsewhere in other churches. Most are just tourists, not worshippers.
Built in 1956, this chapel sits atop a 250ft high spur of rock! The glass wall behind the altar offers magnificent views of the surrounding red rock scenery.
Note opening hours in next photo! Best time to arrive is 4:50pm. Just before it closes. Once 5:00pm comes, the automatic gate will not allow entry, only exit. Then, you can view the sunset. Very picturesque!
This chapel was designed right into the rocks and is easy to miss if you aren't looking. The architecture is amazing and attracts thousands....I believe that the architect was Frank Lloyd Wright.
This is not the best picture of it, but the only one I could find. This is a picture of my college roomies at the top as they are facing the chapel...
This strange Chapel is really incrusted in the montain. Look at the inside, in the background you will have a wonderfull view on the valley!
I never saw that kind of Chapel!
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Even though this has a tourist trap feeling to it, this chapel is a must see, especially to admire how it was built into the red rock.
It will be very busy with tourists when you arrive, but there are parking lot attendants on site who organize visitors in a very efficient manner, and will even help direct you as you back out, as the series of small parking lots up a very steep incline are quite awkward to manoeuvre in. After a steep walk up, you reach the chapel. You are welcome to go inside, and the interior is designed most simply, with benches to sit on instead of church pews.
Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed this church after being inspired in 1932 by viewing a cross as she gazed on the Empire State Building. The church was not built until 1957. Over 25,000 tons of rock were removed to build the structure. There is a prayer service every Monday at 5:00 pm, otherwise there are no other services.
A short drive from town will take you to the parking lot for the Chapel of the Holy Cross where you can get fantastic views of the sandstone wall behind the chapel and other inspiring red rock formations in the distance. It is a beautiful setting except for the large cement structure -- the chapel -- blocking the best part of the view.
In the 1930's Marguerite Brunwsig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright's and Sedona resident, conceived of a design for a 500' tall, block wide cathedral she hoped to locate in Budapest. The second world war dashed these plans and it's really too bad. It would probably have fit in quite well with the Soviet architecture that followed WWII and it would have prevented the construction of the smaller scale chapel at this location.
How anyone could think that desecrating the landscape here by glueing a cement box to the infinitely more beautiful red rock formations could somehow be a "monument to God" is completely beyond me. If God had wanted a large, right angled block in this location he would have put one there.
According to the local archdiocese:
Visitors who expect to find the Chapel as just another charming site are often surprised to find themselves deeply moved by the powerful spirituality emanating from this simple building and its location among Sedona's red rocks.
This statement would be so much truer if only they had left out 'simple building and its'. But what's done is done and Christians are lucky enough to have a religion that focuses heavily on forgiveness. You should still come here for the easy access to a little elevation and the glorious views this gives you.
it is built on a twin pinnacled spur, about 250 feet high, jutting out of a thousand foot rock wall.
it was completed in april 1956
open mon - sat 9 - 5 sun 10 - 5
with exception of thanksgiving, christmas, good friday & easter
monday evening prayer service at 5 pm
The most beautiful setting for a chapel.
It really is a wonder. The chapel, as you can see, is set amongst the red rocks of Sedona. But the true beauty lies in the simplicity of the building and panoramic views from inside the chapel and from the grounds around the chapel.
Whatever beliefs the visitor may have, they are intensified in this mystic place.
This church was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright's. A really cool structure and an amazing vantage point to view Sedona from.
An easily accessible "vortex." You can park rather close, so don't get duped by the cars that park at the bottom of the hill. A nice place to take pictures. Look for the eagle's head!