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Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross Photo, Sedona, Arizona

The Chapel of the Holy Cross juts out of the desert like an epiphany. If you blink, you may miss it. Located on the south side of Twin Buttes, just off the main road to Sedona (Highway 179) on Chapel Road, the chapel is a beautiful stop on your way in or out of town.

The chapel was the idea of Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who was not only a painter and sculptor, but also a student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s in the 1930s. She wanted a permanent tribute to her parents, who died in the 1940s. Built into the picturesque red rocks of Sedona, it is quite a sight. There are no actual services held here; it’s more of a spiritual place to take time and reflect. On the front door is a sign that reads, "Peace to all who enter." There are a few pews and an altar, but the real joy is the block glass window that reflects the sunlight and illuminates the room like nothing you’ve ever seen. Take a moment to light a candle in someone’s name or just say a small prayer. All faiths are welcome here. There is also a small gift shop downstairs where you can find your run-of-the-mill religious items and some really nice items exclusive to the chapel.

There is a winding driveway that leads to the top with plenty of parking and a pretty steep walk up a circular concrete ramp to the top. Make sure and wear comfortable walking shoes; cute heals won’t be good in this situation. The ramp is wheelchair accessible.

At the top are some of the most magnificent views of Sedona, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Oak Creek 200 feet below you. There are some great pictures to take in this area, especially at sunset. Even if you’re not religious, this is a fantastic place to get some incredible pictures.

The chapel is open from 9am to 5pm daily, except Christmas, Thanksgiving, Good Friday, and Easter.

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