Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona

The Chapel of the Holy Cross nestles into red rock.  

Another view of the modern Catholic chapel. .

Terrace in front of the chapel.

Interior of the chapel at sunset. Photo Rick Rick.

View of Cathedral Rock from the Chapel of the Holy Cross. 
Spectacularly situated between red-rock towers in Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Catholic chapel with amazing views, especially around sunset, making this a special attraction for those seeking divine inspiration.

The unique architecture and location of the Chapel of the Holy Cross are the inspirations of Marguerite Bruswig Staude, who went on a trip to New York City in 1932. She observed that a cross could be seen in the newly constructed Empire State Building when viewed from a certain angle, and was inspired to built a church based on that design.

Staude kept an eye out all over Europe and the USA for the ideal location, and she was especially struck by the beauty of Sedona. She decided to build her chapel here, which would be "a monument to faith, but a spiritual fortress so charged with God, that it spurs man's spirit godward." The Chapel of the Holy Cross was completed in April 1956.
What to See

Built on a twin-pinnacled spur about 250 feet high, jutting out of a thousand foot red rock wall, the construction was something of a miracle in itself. The chapel is a fine example of modern architecture, focusing all attention on a great window and cross behind the altar.

The Diocese of Phoenix and St John Vianney parish are the caretakers of the Chapel. Regardless of faith, all are welcomed to visit, meditate or pray there. While in the area, natural attractions such as the imposing Bell Rock are also worth visiting.
Getting There

From "uptown" Sedona, take 179 south toward the Village of Oak Creek for 3.1 miles. Turn left on Chapel Road and go to the end. It is a steep climb from the parking lot to the chapel, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Quick Facts

Site Information
Names: Chapel of the Holy Cross
Location: Sedona, Arizona, USA
Faith: Christianity
Denomination: Catholic
Dedication: Holy Cross
Category: Churches
Architecture: Modern
Date: 1956
Status: active
Visitor Information
Address: 780 Chapel Road, Sedona, AZ, USA
Coordinates: 34.831942° N, 111.766925° W (view on Google Maps)
Phone: 928-282-4069
Opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm. Closed for visits on Thanksgiving, Good Friday, Easter and Christmas.
Cost: Free
Services: Taize Prayer Service: Mon 5pm. There are no masses at the Chapel of the Holy Cross. All eucharistic liturgies are held at St. John Vianney Church: daily at 8am except Thu and Sat; Sat at 5:30pm; Sun 8am and 10:30am.

Note: This information was accurate when published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.
Travel Resources
Sedona Map - our detailed interactive map of Sedona, plus hand-picked links to more
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Article Sources
Chapel of the Holy Cross – official website
Lonely Planet Southwest USA

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