on May 18, 2006
What it is: The Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of the most interesting sites in Sedona, bearing large cross that seemingly rises out of the surrounding red rock formations. The Chapel was designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1932 and was completed in 1956. Today, the Chapel belongs to the parish of St. John Vianney in Sedona and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.
Why you will want to visit: This is a must-see during your trip to Sedona. Whether you are religious or not, the architecture of this Chapel is incredible. The Chapel appears to simply grow out of the red rock. Also, once you make the short hike up to the Chapel, you are rewarded with some of the best views of the surrounding valley—you can see for miles! I enjoyed taking a few moments to wander inside the Chapel's minimalist interior, which added a serene feeling to my visit.
How to find the Chapel: From Uptown Sedona, take 179 South. Take a left onto Chapel Road and you cannot miss it.
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes! While the hike is not long, it is a bit steep. The day we visited the parking lot was very crowded and we had to wait a couple of minutes for a spot to become available. There is a special parking lot for visitors that are unable to make the trek to the top, simply ask one of the volunteer parking attendants.
Logistics: The Chapel is open daily from 9am to 5pm (and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter). Once inside the Chapel, there are stairs on the left that will take you to a small gift shop (although you can find post cards in just about any Sedona gift shop).
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