The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona


Most of Sedona’s attractions are natural wonders, but there is one man-made stop you should add to your list: The Chapel of the Holy Cross.  You can find it 3 miles south of the “Y” in Sedona on AZ Rte. 179.  The Chapel is at the end of Chapel Road.

The Chapel was dedicated in 1957, some 25 years after artist/sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude first began developing the design.  It took 18 months to build.

Inside, the chapel is quite small, with just enough room for perhaps 100 people.  Even though there’s no doubt this is a tourist attraction, the chapel is still filled with a feeling of reverence.

While the view out the front of the chapel is nice, I believe I found the best view while climbing the stairs from the basement gift shop.  Windows in the stairwell open up to a view of the red rock mountain directly behind the chapel.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is extremely visitor-friendly.  As you drive in, you’ll find several people who will help you find a parking space.  The chapel is open to everyone — you can have a seat inside or walk around, take pictures, etc., so long as you remain respectful of those who are visiting for religious reasons.  There is no admission fee, and I never felt pressured by the staff to leave a donation. 

Note: This trip was first published in 2005.  I have spent much more time in Sedona on more recent trips.  You can check them out here.

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