Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona AZ

Built on Coconino National Forest land, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a beautiful site built into the red rocks of Sedona.

According to the chapel website, Marguerite Brunswig Staude, local rancher and sculptor, commissioned the building of the chapel. She was inspired by the Empire State Building. Initally she attempted to build the church in Budapest, Hungary. However, building was prevented due to World War II. Instead, she chose her native home land of Arizona.

The Chapel was build in 18 months, at a cost of $300,000.00 and was completed in 1956.

The chapel and gift shop were open when we visited. The views from the chapel area were absolutely beautiful. The chapel was built into the rocks, and in a way created a connection to nature, and to God, in the beauty and serenity of the surroundings.

It was well worth a visit to enjoy the impressive beauty, and is itself a reminder of the vastness of God, the Ultimate Creator.

Parking is limited, so I would suggest you go early. If the top lot is full you may have to walk up the steep road leading to the top parking lot (note: the website says there may be golf carts available to assist). There is a short walk up a steep incline to reach the chapel. The chapel is well worth a short visit when in the Sedona area.

“And He shall give his angels charge over you to keep you in all ways”


11 Comments Add yours

  1. lolaWi says:

    so beautiful, Lisa. thank you and for the great tips, too. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Thank you! 😊


  2. Naomi says:

    It is a beautiful chapel and is surrounded by fantastic views.

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    1. Thank you, yes it was!


  3. Just Teri says:

    I’ve been here Lisa! LOVE the chapel. So peaceful – the views, the energy, but of course what else could you expect from Sedona? LOL

    Your pictures, as always, are amazing and they’re impressive in capturing the experience of being there! 🙂 ❤

    Nice little history lessons too.

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    1. Thank you Teri! I’m trying to add the info I would like to read before I go. I got some of my info before we left, from a couple of other bloggers. 😊 This trip was good practice for distance photos.


  4. Lisa Coleman says:

    Beautiful! A place I would like to see.

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    1. It was very beautiful. And not real busy yet, which was nice. Thank you!

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      1. Lisa Coleman says:

        We’ve been day tripping it to wildlife refuges here in Florida & Georgia throughout the pandemic and have been social distancing well. Keep the sanity and be outside with nature. 😊

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  5. Wind Kisses says:

    I love that you took time to take so many close ups. It brings a unique personality to the chapel. Very Nice.

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    1. Thank you! 😊 It was beautiful.


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