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Chapel of the Holy Cross #3

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 14 June 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic chapel built into the mesas of Sedona, Arizona, which was inspired and commissioned by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude. Richard Hein was chosen as project architect, and the design was executed by architect August K. Strotz, both from the firm of Anshen & Allen.

The chapel is built on Coconino National Forest land; the late Senator Barry Goldwater assisted Staude in obtaining a special-use permit. The construction supervisor was Fred Courkos, who built the chapel in 18 months at a cost of $300,000. The chapel was completed in 1956.

The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In the sculptor's words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men and be a living reality.” In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona.

This photo was captured on May 5, 2013, which was the day before the photo from yesterday was captured which explains why today's photo has some overcast rather than lots of sunshine.

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amirbaba from Tehran, Iran


14 Jun 2013 6:26am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Breathtaking view of this glorious architecture!

14 Jun 2013 7:26am

yo from Ile de France, France

La présence de quelques personnes permet d'estimer la taille imposante de la chapelle.

14 Jun 2013 7:41am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Interesting place looking at these last two shots, odd place to find such a modern church.

14 Jun 2013 8:17am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

It really is a cool location - I can understand why it's such a big deal in Arizona. Lovely shot of it, Steven!

14 Jun 2013 10:46am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A beautiful composition ! Splendid place !!

14 Jun 2013 11:07am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A wonderful image of the church ... people and the car add scale.

14 Jun 2013 4:43pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

Oh, I like that view Steven, and it's really quite a large chapel. My favorite photo of the chapel so far, great color ... your processing is so natural. I like!

14 Jun 2013 6:38pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Now the size of the church is more conspicuous. Amazing work of architecture. It really contrasts with the reddish rock behind. Excellent presentation Steven.

14 Jun 2013 6:42pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful point of view - I love how the Cross is between the rocks.

14 Jun 2013 7:11pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!
so beautiful frame, colors, lights & texture!

14 Jun 2013 8:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


14 Jun 2013 9:54pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Perhaps a better representation of the church, but the soaring sky of yesterday's shot was more inspirational.

14 Jun 2013 10:28pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Very beautiful!

14 Jun 2013 11:34pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

The best one yet which I hate to say simply because they are all brilliant, I really
appreciate the fact that your photographs are not simply tourist ones, they all have
been meticulously planned and superbly executed 5***** !~

14 Jun 2013 11:55pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous image! The architecture just fits in so well with the natural surroundings.

15 Jun 2013 12:59am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That shot shows how unnatural the building is. Gorgeous landscape but the architecture is one of those "what were they thinking?" moments.

15 Jun 2013 4:49am

pete from blue mountains, Australia

standout out image of standout architecture...

15 Jun 2013 4:53am

L'angevine from Angers, France

c'est vraiment impressionnant

15 Jun 2013 7:41am

tataray from france, France

Couleurs et textures incroyables.

15 Jun 2013 8:08am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

That is gorgeous.

15 Jun 2013 1:48pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

It is gorgeous and brilliantly impressive!

15 Jun 2013 2:05pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Just amazing and the people really put it into perspective!

15 Jun 2013 6:40pm

Mohammad/N from shiraz, Iran

its realy nice
so great Steven

15 Jun 2013 7:47pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning location of this magnificent chapel ... its modern architecture fits beautifully into this rocky landscape !!! Amazing shot ...

16 Jun 2013 12:05am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent work

16 Jun 2013 12:18pm

franz from Baden, Austria

i really like your pictures, but i can't warm to this church at all ...

18 Jun 2013 12:20pm