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.
The architecture isn't that interesting, and I know it was built by a Frank Llyod Wrigt student. Admittedly, I don't like all of Frank Lloyd Wright's designs or his influences. In addition, the chapel destroys part of the scenery and natural beauty of the area by having this large stucture built into the rock.
The fact that there was a gift shop was a huge disappointment and quite tacky. This is supposed to be a spot for quiet reflection and connnecting with God, not of exploitation. As one other posted commented, it harkens back to when Jesus went to the temple at Jerusalem and turned over the money changers' tables.
The view of the rock formations in the area is lovely, but it also overlooks the growing community of Sedona which isn't always that nice. If you like to see urban sprall in addition to natural beauty, you will enjoy the view.
The chapel is beautiful. The setting is gorgeous. The idea of someone building the chapel to fit in with the surroundings and in honor of their parents' faith is wonderful. But as I'm looking around at the gift shop in the chapel, all I can think of is the scene from the Bible where Jesus overturns the moneychangers tables and runs them out of the temple proclaiming "You've made my house a den of thieves." Tacky, tacky, tacky (the chapel gift shop, not Jesus).
This is an unfriendly place. Our tour bus driver missed a very small sign almost covered by weeds that said no tour buses. The neighbors called the police before we could move the bus. The police ticketed our driver while he was trying to turn the bus around. Our tour group was so disappointed that we canceled a planed shopping trip to the town that would have likely neted the town shops a few thousand dollars. They evidently don't want tourists here.
When you visit the Chapel you are surrounded by nature's beautiful architecture. It is a shame, then, that the architecture of the Chapel isn't as compelling. Simply creating a 200ft tall monument consisting of one room with a cross in the window isn't what I consider inspired design. However, the view from that window is worth the visit.
The Chapel is also a site where there is supposedly a Vortex - one of many in Sedona. Visitors sometimes report feeling energized, or pressure, or vibrations. But many visitors report feeling nothing, too. :-)
IMPORTANT - As this is a major tourist destination and parking and seating is limited, I advise you to go first thing in the morning just as the Chapel opens. Pick a sunny day so you can see the view.
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!
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.
Beautiful place--The atmosphere is full of the presence of God. As I sat in the chapel the tears streamed down my face--I don't know why and I could not stop them. I think it was a release of all the sadness I had experienced over the past several years before we visited the chapel.
I would love to go back there some day.
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