Chapel of the Holy Cross

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of the main tourist attractions in Sedona, primarily due to its location and its architectural attributes. This Roman Catholic chapel sits atop a mesa and is integrated into the red rock of the Arizona desert. In relation to design, it is a slender A-frame structure whose front is accented with a large cross. The Chapel of the Holy Cross, or the Chapel on the Rock, as it is also known, was completed in 1956, and the following year, it won an Award of Honor from the American Institute of Architects.

The spur of red rock that the Chapel of the Holy Cross sits upon is a lofty 200 feet high, and this only adds to the structure’s visual appeal. Partly due to its unique location, the chapel was voted one of Arizona’s Seven Man-Made Wonders. The poll that was taken took into account the opinions of Arizona residents. Also worth noting is the fact that the Chapel of the Holy Cross is considered by those who follow a specific New Age movement to be the location of one of the famous Sedona vortexes; the other spiritual centers are concentrated at Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock, and Airport Mesa.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is open on most days between 9 am and 5 pm. The only days that it closes are Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Good Friday, and Easter. Special prayer sessions that are known as Taize Prayer Services are held on Mondays at 5 pm, and the chapel is open to all who wish to attend. As for getting to Chapel on the Rock Sedona, you can head south from Uptown Sedona along route 179. From there, you take a left on Chapel Road and continue until you get to the chapel’s parking area. A fairly steep climb up a ramp is required to get from the parking area to the chapel, but it’s not an accessible site, as the ramp is wide enough for wheelchairs, if necessary.

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