Photo Friday: Sedona Chapel Built on Stone

by Don Faust on September 16, 2011

The Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Chapel of the Holy Cross is built into a mountainside in Sedona, AZ – and it’s also one of the city’s famed vortices.

Chapel of the Holy Cross, a Sedona chapel built on stone

Today’s Photo Friday (#FriFotos on Twitter) theme is STONE.  Pictured above is the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, AZ that was built on stone (literally) – in this case, into the side of a mountainside.

The Roman Catholic church takes its inspiration architecturally from Frank Lloyd Wright, who famously incorporated nature into his designs. Sedona sculptor Margarite Staude commissioned the project, which was completed in  1956. She dedicated the chapel toward “Finding God through Art.”  People come from all over the world to see it.

The church also supposedly the site of one of the famous Sedona vortices. We didn’t feel anything unusual when we visited, but you never know.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathy Sweeney September 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Truly unique place. Lovely shot.


Dave and Deb September 17, 2011 at 4:21 am

That’s one wild church!


Abby September 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

Wow! I’ve somehow never been to Sedona despite living in the southwest for so many years. That church is beautiful! I’d love to go.


Globetrottergirls September 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Sedona was one of our favorite places when we road tripped through the South West last year and that church was definitely one of the most memorable ones we’ve seen anywhere! We loved the views from up there.


Arti September 18, 2011 at 1:03 am

Looks majestic! Quite an ancient structure from the looks of it…
Thanks for sharing this:)


Sophie September 18, 2011 at 5:13 am

Very interesting, using the surrounding nature as part of the structure. Reminds me a little of the Temppeliaukio Stone Church in Helsinki.


Sherry September 19, 2011 at 1:10 am

Stone buildings are great. They wheather well and are environmentally responsible. And by the looks of this photo, they seems to be beautiful, too.


Kevin Martineau September 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Wow! Very cool! I would love to check it out.


Iain Mallory September 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

What an amazing place, always think churches make good photographic subjects but this one breaks the mould!


Phillip Troyman September 26, 2011 at 1:44 am

Wow, that’s truly amazing, another place I now have to add to my list.


Annie@GreenGlobalTravel October 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

This has to be the coolest church I’ve ever seen. I don’t go TO church, per se, but I love the architecture and this one I’d love to see up close 🙂


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