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Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 March 2021 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.

From the archives...........Photo captured May 6, 2013.

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Martine from Brest, France

Surprenant bâtiment moderne au milieu de la roche.

22 Mar 2021 5:42am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

Believe it or not, Steven, I made one of the most important decisions of my life while sitting inside this chapel looking out back in 2008. As one of the spiritual vortexes of the area, I'll never forget it.

22 Mar 2021 6:06am

Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

Quite astonishing this modern chapel wedged between big rocks. The colors are superb and thanks for the explanations Steven

22 Mar 2021 6:30am

lisl from Winsley, United Kingdom

It couldn't have been easy getting the materials in place here. What an achievement

22 Mar 2021 7:03am

jean pierre from Paris, France

bel endroit!!!

22 Mar 2021 7:37am

Siepi from Zemst, Belgium

Superbe POV, one can almost not believe it dates from the 50's last century.
Amzaing place for contemplation.

22 Mar 2021 7:50am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

This is a very special chapel, but beautiful

22 Mar 2021 8:22am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


22 Mar 2021 8:30am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very interesting view

22 Mar 2021 9:22am

Gérard Flayol from Château-Gombert, Marseille, France

This is a change from the roman art of the old churches ....
It is a bit disturbing in such a natural site!

22 Mar 2021 9:37am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Striking minimalism in great contrast to the complexity of the eroded rock. Great capture

22 Mar 2021 9:50am

helys from Paris, France

Thanks for sharing

22 Mar 2021 10:01am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Impressive architecture among these rocks!

22 Mar 2021 10:05am

Rose from United States

What a view it must have...

22 Mar 2021 11:41am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Une chapelle bien particulière et moderne, j'aime bien.
Bonne journée

22 Mar 2021 12:06pm

Willy from Belgium

une belle chapelle au milieu des roches Steven

have a nice day.

22 Mar 2021 1:05pm

P-TER from Roeselare, Belgium

This architect managed to turn it into something very beautiful!
You have taken a wonderful position.

22 Mar 2021 2:11pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Thank you for the History..
This chapel wedged between those awesome rocks...looks great!!!

22 Mar 2021 2:51pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Etrange et beau !

22 Mar 2021 3:54pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Beautiful chapel. I have often thought and wondered why there are so monenöaisia ways to believe in one God.

22 Mar 2021 3:58pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent modern architecture.

22 Mar 2021 6:03pm

Ray. B from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très curieux ce bâtiment au milieu des rochers.
Merci pour tes explications.

22 Mar 2021 6:16pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A perfect and interesting photo of this modern chapel from the year 1956.

22 Mar 2021 6:26pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !!!!!!

22 Mar 2021 6:44pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Fantastic piece of architecture, so impressive.

22 Mar 2021 7:20pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Looks strange in this landscape. But even cool and futuristic.

22 Mar 2021 7:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful capture of the chapel and red rocks.

22 Mar 2021 9:12pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful chapel built on the red stones.

22 Mar 2021 11:12pm

Alun from Cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, what a cool place

22 Mar 2021 11:37pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Strange as it would seem, the construction seems to fit in the landscape.

22 Mar 2021 11:54pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice angle on this beautiful structure. if it wasn't so dry, i would love to live near the red rocks

23 Mar 2021 12:25am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

The architecture is gorgeous. The chapel almost just seems to be a part of the landscape. A gorgeous image.

23 Mar 2021 1:16am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Now that's a familiar sight to me! You had a gorgeous sky for the background for this unique chapel!

23 Mar 2021 2:34am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

That is impressive bit of architecture and interesting way of combining natural landscape with man made construction. Nicely presented and photographed.

23 Mar 2021 3:40am

Diane from Parksville, Canada

What an incredible building for its location. I would imagine simply because of the location itself, it must be a powerful presence for those who see it and are fortunate to be inside. We spent a few days in Sedona a long time ago and I'm surprised no one mentioned this building. I would love to have seen it.

23 Mar 2021 4:42am

yo from Entre Seine et Loire, France

Je me souviens de cette chapelle qui semble sortir de terre !
La croix évoque l'aspect religieux de la construction.

24 Mar 2021 8:40am

Remus from Portugal

Clearly a building striking in the landscape and yet, also very well inserted in the landscape and surroundings.
Superb framing and composition!

24 Mar 2021 4:32pm