#TravelTuesday The Chapel of the Holy Cross

Tucked away in Sedona at the end of Chapel Road stands a man made edifice among God’s handiwork. Driving into Sedona the Chapel of the Holy Cross pops into view as the highway winds through the canyons. Construction of the church finished in 1956 at a cost of $300,000. The architects were Richard Hein and August Strotz.

We (my wife and I) were on our way to the timeshare when we made a slight detour to check it out. The roads the lead to the church are lined with no parking signs peaking up among parked cars, a lot of parked cars. If you approach the church from the front, as you see in the picture, it appears very different than when you leave the highway. From the highway your view makes the cross appear to be carved into a wall of red rock. If you imagine walking to the right from the picture below, then the cliff in the left of the picture will slowly move so it is behind the church. I felt that the rich blue in the sky showed off the powerful presence of the structure better, so that’s why I shot it here. There are a few reasons why the sky in Sedona looks as blue as it is in the picture, but I’ll get into that another time. Suffice it to say, the sky really was that blue.

Nikon D800 Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 50mm f/9 ISO 100 1/250 sec