"Sedona is so beautiful."
"The shopping in Sedona is great."
"Sedona is one of my favorite places."
Stuff like that. Honestly, our first impressions can be summed up pretty quickly: Sedona in August is HOT. Turns out, August is Sedona's hottest month. We kind of figured our trek across the desert was a little mistimed, but we had gotten boxed in by the price of plane tickets and our own lack of planning so we had high hopes for the coolest August on record. No luck.
|Albert and Alex hiking up to Bell Rock.|
|Alex and Albert with Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour (awesome) trip guide on top of a rock.|
It is 8AM in the morning and BLAZING hot.
|Sedona's Chapel of the Holy Cross|
The Chapel of the Holy Cross was commissioned and designed by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude who is said to have gotten the inspiration for the chapel from the Empire State Building in New York City. She conferred with Frank Lloyd Wright's son on the design and had selected a location in Hungary, but was prevented from building there due to WWII. The design was eventually executed by the firm Anshen and Allen (famous for being contracted by Eichler to build California tract housing in the fifties).
|Empire State Building NYC|
Picture Compliments of ChurchofAncientWays
|Beautiful side view of the chapel shows how it was set into the Sedona rock.|
I can kinda see the Empire State Building thing.
(courtesy of newdesktopwallpapers)
The Sedona Blog has a detailed history of the conception and building of the chapel. "April 1955 they broke ground on the Chapel. It took 18 months to build the Chapel and each of the 25,000 tons of rock removed was done so by hand. They didn't use any dynamite because they didn't want to disturb the area. So four men spent six weeks drilling a series of holes and would hand chip away each piece of rock. The cost to complete the structure was $300,000."
The interior sculptures of nails and the alter are all designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude.
|View of interior. Modest chapel, only seven benches on each side.|
|At the alter is the sculpture designed by Marguerite. It is made of nails.|
|Entrance to the chapel is quite mid-century. Very unassuming.|
Curving benches wrap around the chapel.
|The cross goes deep down into the rock.|
Related Southwest trip posts: Modern and Ancient Art in Las Vegas, Mid-Century Modern at the Grand Canyon .