Chapel of the Holy Cross

Many visitors come to this chapel, nestled in the high cliffs of Sedona. Many pictures from this place focus on its external architectural features, particularly the large stone cross on its face that protects the glass behind the altar. The site is famous for being designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous American architect from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.The voyage to the chapel if fairly straightforward: You wind up a steep road and pray for open parking. From the road and parking, you trek a reasonable distance on a steeper than average grade to a set of stairs. Once up the stairs, you find yourself at the entrance to the chapel.

Chapel of the Holy Cross Sedona Inside - Two Second Street -
A small statue near lighted candles

Inside, the chapel is rather austere: slick, mostly unadorned walls, a bevy of candles and a few metallic statues adorn the border of the pews, which are arranged in neat rows. At the altar, you see tall stripes of glass that compose the outward facing portion of the chapel. A small metallic circle decorates the glass near the base of the massive cross just on the other side.

Chapel of the Holy Cross Sedona - Two Second Street -
Inside the Chapel

If you desire trinkets, you must shuffle down a claustrophobic set of stairs into a meticulously stuffed gift shop, full of post cards, wall adornments, and statues of saints. If you visit in the summer, everywhere you stand you can feel the oppressive heat seeping in through the walls. Most of the candles will be unlit.

Overall, it was an interesting experience to see this particular chapel. Having grown up with Catholic churches myself, I can safely say the most interesting part was the outside of the building. It’s a nice take on a classic structure.


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