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In pictures: Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona

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

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona
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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  1. Stunning church location…gorgeous pics Luce.

    July 29, 2013
    • Very striking isn’t it? Despite being so modern it really seemed to work with the landscape.

      July 29, 2013
  2. Reblogged this on damianl6578's Blog and commented:
    Check this out! it’s amazing!

    July 29, 2013
  3. Lovely intense dessert tones in these shots. Would love to see the view from inside the Church – did you manage to get a look?

    July 29, 2013
    • 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!

      July 29, 2013
  4. 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!)

    July 29, 2013
  5. Brings me back. Love the view from inside as well, except for that newish villa that gets your attention.

    July 29, 2013
    • 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.

      July 29, 2013
  6. 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.

    July 29, 2013
    • I haven’t – will have to look that one up though to see if I recognise it!

      July 29, 2013
  7. Beautiful! 🙂

    July 29, 2013
    • Thanks Jo, I loved the contrasts of all the bright colours.

      July 31, 2013
  8. 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.

    July 30, 2013
    • It does doesn’t it? We spent about an hour up there just looking at the views and soaking it all up.

      July 31, 2013
  9. Your photography is amazing!! What camera do you use, if you don’t mind me asking?

    July 31, 2013
  10. How unusual! I’ve never heard of this before. It could definitely be a Bond villain’s lair!

    August 11, 2013
  11. cristinasandru #

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

    August 11, 2013

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