Find The Church
Jon Burch Photography
Photograph - Digital Capture
In 1932 Marguerite Brunswig Staude, an Oak Creek resident, artist and rancher had a reoccurring vision of a cross on the newly completed Empire State Building in New York. The cross became a recurring theme in her life during the next 25 years. She felt inspired to get the assistance of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and to build a skyscraper cathedral in Europe. When World War II broke out, they temporally cancelled their plans.
Staude kept an eye out all over Europe and the USA for the ideal location, and she was especially struck by the beauty of neighboring Sedona. She decided to build her chapel here, which would be "a monument to faith, but a spiritual fortress so charged with God, that it spurs man's spirit godward." Finally in 1955, her dream was realized with the building of the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was completed in April 1956.
Surrounding the chapel are the Mystic Hills, two pinnacled spur rocks approximately 250 feet high. Filled with ancient forms, animal faces such as Eagle Rock, and sacred imagery these energy-rich red-rock formations, which some say are a vortex, embrace the chapel in an arc from behind.
On the sides and in the front, Sedona sprawls out majestically, a sweeping landscape of red rocks, trees, and nestled houses. Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte are visible to the south and Cathedral Rock to the west. From all angles, photogenic opportunities create unforgettable memories
OK, here's a hint: Look in the lower left corner of the mesa. I was in one of the pull out areas near Bell Rock when I noticed that some construction crew had thoughtfully piled up a small hill of dirt which would give a nearly unobstructed view if I were on top. Happiness is red Sedona dirt on my tripod legs...
Photograph copyright Jon Burch Photography
April 3rd, 2013
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