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Chapel of the Holy Cross

Emerging from one of Sedona’s famous walls of red rock, this chapel is a spectacular sight to behold.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of the most magnificent sites in all of Sedona. This Roman Catholic chapel was built on a spur of rock that rises 200 feet (60 meters) off the ground. A breathtaking 90-foot (27-meter) cross cuts down the center of the chapel and looks like it has been wedged into the rock. Admire this incredible structure, which seems to be a natural extension of the distinctive red buttes that surround it.

Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a local rancher and artist, commissioned the chapel in 1932. Staude was inspired by the newly constructed Empire State Building and wanted to create a church in that style. It was completed in 1956 after just 18 months of construction.

In 1957, the American Institute of Architects bestowed the chapel with its Award of Honor. The chapel remains a place of fascination to this day. Marvel at the chapel’s dramatic exterior, which extends out of the red rock wall.

Enter the chapel and note the simple and intimate interior. The angular walls and natural light seeping in give the impression of a place where heaven meets earth. The impressive cross in the middle of the room is the centerpiece of the structure from the inside and out. Flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, it offers magnificent views of Sedona’s red rocks. 

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a 10-minute drive south from the center of Sedona. There is ample parking and clear paths from the parking lot to the entrance of the chapel, however, it is quite a steep walk. The gift shop downstairs has a wonderful selection of souvenirs, including rosaries and crosses made of stones found in the area. The chapel is free to enter and open daily except for Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A brief prayer service is held each Monday evening and is open to the public.

Popular Activities at Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Arabella Hotel Sedona $203
Arabella Hotel Sedona

Arabella Hotel Sedona

725 Highway 179 Sedona, Sedona, AZ
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Sedona, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Chapel of the Holy Cross. Bell Rock and Sedona Golf Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Poco Diablo Resort $189
    Poco Diablo Resort

    Poco Diablo Resort

    1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Broken Arrow Trailhead and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chapel of the Holy Cross and Sedona Art Center. Cathedral Rock is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

      Los Abrigados Resort And Spa by Diamond Resorts $138
      Los Abrigados Resort And Spa by Diamond Resorts

      Los Abrigados Resort And Spa by Diamond Resorts

      160 Portal Ln, Sedona, AZ
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Sedona hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuivato Gallery and Sedona Art Center. Chapel of the Holy Cross is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

        Amara Resort and Spa $249
        Amara Resort and Spa

        Amara Resort and Spa

        100 Amara Lane, Sedona, AZ
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Uptown Sedona, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuivato Gallery and Sedona Art Center. Mountain Trails Galleries and Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Mystic Mountain Red Rock Views and Private Serene Property
          Mystic Mountain Red Rock Views and Private Serene Property

          Mystic Mountain Red Rock Views and Private Serene Property

          Sedona, AZ
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Sedona, this romantic vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Chapel of the Holy Cross and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Cathedral Rock. Broken Arrow Trailhead and Exposures International Fine Art Gallery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Sedona Vintage at the Chapel - 3 Br Home
            Sedona Vintage at the Chapel - 3 Br Home

            Sedona Vintage at the Chapel - 3 Br Home

            71 Little Horse Lane, Sedona, AZ
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Sedona, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Chapel of the Holy Cross and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Cathedral Rock. Broken Arrow Trailhead and Exposures International Fine Art Gallery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              3 Bedroom, Sleeps 8 - Walk to Chapel of the Holy Cross - Breathtaking Views!
              3 Bedroom, Sleeps 8 - Walk to Chapel of the Holy Cross - Breathtaking Views!

              3 Bedroom, Sleeps 8 - Walk to Chapel of the Holy Cross - Breathtaking Views!

              Sedona, AZ
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Chapel of the Holy Cross and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Cathedral Rock. Broken Arrow Trailhead and Exposures International Fine Art Gallery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Charmer by the Chapel SPA and Fire PIT
                Charmer by the Chapel SPA and Fire PIT

                Charmer by the Chapel SPA and Fire PIT

                Sedona, AZ
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Sedona, this romantic vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chapel of the Holy Cross, Bell Rock, and Cathedral Rock. Broken Arrow Trailhead and Exposures International Fine Art Gallery are also within 3 mi (5 km).