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.