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Chapel of the Holy Cross

Built: 1956-1957
Designed by: Anshen+Allen
Type: Holy Place
Location: Chapel Road, Sedona, United States
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P eople flock to Sedona, Arizona from all over the world to watch the sun rise, and watch the sun set, and watch the sun reflect off the region's famed red rocks. It has become a center for mysticism and new age prophets. In the midst of all this new faith, one of the world's oldest faiths has literally carved out its own niche. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Catholic chapel belonging to the Parish of Saint John Vianney and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. It was built directly into a butte and offers a spectacular view of the valley 200 feet below. Marguerite Brunswig Staude had the idea for the Chapel of the Holy Cross in 1932, but was unable to create her largest work of art until 1956 (she was also an acomplished religious painter and sculptor). The church is easily identifiable by its most prominent feature -- a giant cross that seems to support the structure as it juts out from the rock. It's elevation, peaceful location, and picturesque scenery have made it an ideal location for the hundreds of people who get married here each year.

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Eva Mareckova
Saturday, July 7th, 2007 @ 5:58pm
Rating: Five stars.
In summer 2004, during our five-week trip of the US South-West, the Sedona Chapel is a human made place that carved to my memory the most. Unforgettable is the way how the chapel both fits into and contrasts with its natural surroundings, and manages to connect the Man to the Nature, the God in harmony. Thank you.

Mary Byerley
Sunday, August 22nd, 2004 @ 2:21am
Rating: Five stars.
A beautiful, quiet chapel. There is much serenity and peace, and enlightening to the soul. Thank you.

Mary
January 18th, 2003
As a Sr in a secular high school in Phx I attended a Publications Workshop at NAU in 1969. One of our side trips was to The Chapel of the Holy Cross. I was impressed and often think about that trip. Thank you because it made an imprint of Jesus on my heart. I have a plaque I purchased there that I would give anything to find again! I am not a Catholic, but believe in Christ as my savior,He is my all in all. It is sad to say but I think secular schools probably do not take the tour now. Blessings on you and your work.


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