Open Hours: Mo to Sa from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Su from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright student, Marguerite Brunswig Staude, the chapel was built in 1956 and rises 200 feet from ... More
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright student, Marguerite Brunswig Staude, the chapel was built in 1956 and rises 200 feet from the ground between two large red rock formations. One of the most distinctive features is a 90-foot cross, which can be seen from the ground along State Route 179. A massive stained glass window turns the chapel's interior into a kaleidoscope of color at certain times of the day. No services are held here, but it provides an ideal setting for spiritual reflection and prayer as well as incredible views of the Red Rocks. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
This is just so beautiful. The views are spectacular and the Chapel very peaceful and tranquil. After spending time in the Chapel, we admired the beautiful plantings on the winding walkway to our car. I noticed a hummingbird feeder and mentioned it to my husband. As I pointed it out, the bird visited the feeder and I was 2 feet away from it! It stayed several seconds, then flew away! We couldn't believe it wasn't scared of us! As we marveled at that, it came back a 2nd time! My Mom passed away 4 months ago and I truly felt she was there with me. She loved hummingbirds! I so wished I could call her and tell her about this beautiful place, and she was letting me know she was there with us. This was the first time I've been to Sedona and God willing, I'll be lucky enough to return. We highly recommend a visit to this inspiring and beautiful part of our country.
I visit this chapel every year to lay flowers now since I laid my lovely mothers ashes on one of the red rocks outside the main door.
I fell in love with it on a visit up to Sedona when I was working in Phoenix in the 1980s, that's when I took both my parents, they both found it very tranquil and sedate, a place where you could be lost in your own thoughts of times gone by, it was the rightful place for my mom to be laid at rest, and I am at peace knowing she is there.
If you are visiting the area, please don't miss out on this wonderful setting with magnificent views of the surrounding red rocks.
Whilst inside the chapel you have the opportunity to light some candles and spend some time with your own thoughts. It is completely non denominational.
There is also an excellent gift shop downstairs with a wide variety of gift options.
It is situated only 10 minute drive south from Sedona and there is no charge for entry to the chapel or for parking.
We have a time share @ Los Abrigidos, so we frequent Sedona every couple years. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was one of the first treasures we discovered on our first visit to Sedona. My husband golfs, I enjoy the shops in Sedona, along with the hiking close by and great restaurants. @ Sedona airport, we watch a beautiful sunset while dining on take-out. The ride to the Grand Canyon is enjoyable, with many interesting stops along the way, depending on which route you take. We even took the train ride out of Williams which was a riot. (A great family adventure, the train gets held up by outlaws, but do not tell the kiddies beforehand.) The Hoover dam we visited, approx. 4 hour ride each way. Lots of great restaurants, I use travel advisor before the trip, as restaurants do change. Great trip, we will be visiting the May 1-9..Dianne, Millbury, MA
What a beautiful area. We stayed in Flagstaf the night before and woke up to 3 inches of snow! Then a must take route to get to Sedona is 89A, you descend thru the mountains and it is one of the most amazing roads we have taken. When we dropped 2000 feet the snow was gone and the Red Rock is everywhere! A must see trip if in the area! The Chapel site is uplifting!
While I agree Sedona can be costly there are many ways to budget a trip. Seeing the glorious simplicity of the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the magnificent Red Rock area is worth the trip. It is hard to turn around out there without viewing a vista that takes your breath away! While there try to fit in a drive up to the Sedona airport. Pull over at the overlook and fall in love with the country.
Absolutely a must-see! This incredible chapel truly encompasses a spiritual experience for anyone of any faith. It's so sad that such a beautiful place has no services for an even greater spiritual experience. Small weddings would be an excellent service if nothing else . . . please consider Chapel board of executives. tml
The Chapel is the most beautiful structure I have ever seen. The contrast between the one colored straight lines and angles of the Chapel, against the multi colored free flowing red rocks is breathtaking. Inside the Chapel, which is very small, I too felt very small. Although I'm not an overly religious person, I was in awe of my surroundings, and to put it simply, felt as close to God as I've ever felt in my life. I didn't want to leave.
I went to the Chapel in 2002, in July. We were in Sedona to escape the inferno in Phoenix. I hadn't been there since 1995. When we got there I knew it had been too long. At first, we couldn't see it from the road. It blends with the scenery perfectly, but then we saw it, what an incredible sight.
The chapel is magnificent. So simply beautiful. It is peaceful and those who visit it are respectful and prayerful. The first reaction of most who visit is awestruck silence. They walk in and head straight to the back window. The view defies explanation, except to say that when you look at all God has created, you know He is awesome.
Gas from Phoenix - $30; experiencing the chapel - priceless!
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