This Roman Catholic chapel is built into the buttes of Sedona, Arizona thanks to a local rancher and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who had been inspired in 1932 by the newly constructed Empire State Building to build such a church.
2. Original plans called for the Chapel to be built in Budapest, Hungary
Ms. Staude had originally enlisted the help of Lloyd Wright, son of the famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, to assist her in building the chapel in Budapest, Hungary. However, after World War II broke out, she abandoned the plan and instead decided to construct her church in her native region of Sedona, Arizona.
3. The Chapel of The Holy Cross was Completed in 1956
With the chapel being built in Sedona, a new architect by the name of August K. Strotz was employed to design the building. Permits were required to allow for the structure to be built in its current location, which happens to be on Coconino National Forest land. Completed in 1956, the chapel took 18 months to build at a cost of $300,000.
4. Designated a Man Made Wonder of Arizona
In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona.
5. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places
In 2008, the Sedona Historic Preservation Commission designated the Chapel of the Holy Cross as a Local Historic Landmark.