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Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross

A few miles south of the Arizonan city of Sedona, there’s an unusual-looking structure tucked among the cliffs. It looks like it could be an observatory – or even a Bond villain’s lair – but it’s really a Catholic chapel from the 1950s. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was designed by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who’d been a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright. Set against a background of Sedona’s characteristic red rocks, it rises up 250 feet high, silhouetted against the sky. The chapel’s central beams form the shape of a cross that looks like it’s been wedged between the rocks and can be seen for miles around. It has a peaceful, spiritual feel to it, whether you are religious or not. The inside of the chapel is fairly simple, but the surroundings and the views across Sedona provide all the beauty and decoration you could need.

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona
Cacti by the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona
Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona
Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona

The details

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is open from 9am–5pm (10am–5pm on Sundays). To get there, take Highway 179 south from Sedona for about three miles, then turn left onto Chapel Road.

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    Anita Mac
    July 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Stunning church location…gorgeous pics Luce.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Very striking isn’t it? Despite being so modern it really seemed to work with the landscape.

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    damianl6578
    July 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Reblogged this on damianl6578's Blog and commented:
    Check this out! it’s amazing!

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    Suzanne Courtney
    July 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Lovely intense dessert tones in these shots. Would love to see the view from inside the Church – did you manage to get a look?

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      The church was very simple inside, just concrete walls and some seats, and the windows are a bit tinted so the best views are from outside where there’s a terrace (have one photo on Flickr of the view though I’m in the way a bit http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucydodsworth/9374129774/)
      p.s. you’ve got me thinking about dessert now, might have to raid the biscuit tin!

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    Suzanne Courtney
    July 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Sorry that should have read desert not dessert (must be this morning’s post about Turkish sweets I’ve just published lingering in my mind!)

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    Ziggy
    July 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Brings me back. Love the view from inside as well, except for that newish villa that gets your attention.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I remember thinking the same thing about that villa, it definitely dominates the view – not sure I’d want to live somewhere quite so overlooked.

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    aBitofCulture
    July 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Have you seen that film 7 Psychopaths, with Colin Farrell? I’m pretty sure the shoot-out at the end of the film is set there.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      I haven’t – will have to look that one up though to see if I recognise it!

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    restlessjo
    July 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Beautiful! 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 31, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Thanks Jo, I loved the contrasts of all the bright colours.

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    Darlene
    July 30, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I was quite taken with this structure when I took my mom to Sedona 4 years ago. Your pictures are fabulous. I agree it has a calming, spiritual feel to it.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

      It does doesn’t it? We spent about an hour up there just looking at the views and soaking it all up.

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    kaylakrantz
    July 31, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Your photography is amazing!! What camera do you use, if you don’t mind me asking?

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    Arianwen
    August 11, 2013 at 3:20 am

    How unusual! I’ve never heard of this before. It could definitely be a Bond villain’s lair!

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    cristinasandru
    August 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Wonderful post, thank you very much for sharing! The Chapel of the Holy Cross is impressive! 🙂
    Best regards from Romania
    God bless you!

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