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The pathway to the Chapel of the Holy Cross – Sedona
Image by Al_HikesAZ
I played tour guide for my daughter and her friend Brenda for a trip to Sedona. We toured the Chapel of the Holy Cross. To reach the Chapel of the Holy Cross you climb this ramp and go around the corner.
The first conception came to Marguerite Bruswig Staude in 1932 in New York City while observing the newly constructed Empire State Building. When viewed from a certain angle a cross seemed to impose itself through the very core of the structure. She wanted to build a structure that would glorify her Creator and in thanksgiving for all that her family had received. She traveled throughout Europe looking for the ideal location. She returned to the United States and while her and her husband Tony traveled through Sedona, she was struck by the beauty of the area and decided that this chapel should be built here. . “This would be a monument to faith, but a spiritual fortress so charged with God, that it spurs man’s spirit godward".
Built on a twin pinnacled spur about 250 feet high, jutting out of a thousand foot red rock wall, "solid as the Rock of Peter" the building of the Chapel was completed in April 1956. Just the physical construction was a physical miracle, overcoming difficult conditions to construct this chapel.
The message of the Chapel "That the Church may come to life in the souls of men and be a living reality is renewed and observed each day. Even as we speak it invites all to come to spend time to get connected with their creator.
The Diocese of Phoenix and St John Vianney parish has maintained and administered the Chapel since 1969. We are only caretakers of this most spiritual structure, where all are welcomed to come, meditate, pray and be reconnected with their Creator. We are here to pass this on to those who come after, so the Chapel may glorify the great gifts God has given us. In our transient exsistence, in good times and bad, we are here to be united with all in faith and purpose. To live in peace and unity with all our brothers and sisters .
The Chapel of the Holy Cross has been a compelling Sedona landmark since its completion in 1956. Designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Chapel appears to rise out of the surrounding red rocks. The towering cross and awesome panorama of buttes, valley and sky are a source of inspiration inviting rest and reflection. (This site presents incredible photo opportunities in all directions!)
The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In the sculptor’s words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men and be a living reality.”
In 2007 Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona, and it is also the site of one of the so-called Sedona vortices
Qantab – The Symphony of Rocks . . .
Image by Beauty Eye
This shot was taken with the Canon 600D with Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 @ 13mm with 77mm Polarizing filter.
This is the 100% crop of the original shot i took yesterday 🙂
I used ISO speed of 100 , Aperture f8.0 and exposure time of 10 seconds.
This place is called Qantab in the capital of Oman, Muscat. well this place is full of small beaches & huge mountains. I had to climb little mountain 😀 and walk to the other side where i found this amazing little spot. . These rocks were full of fossils & little red crabs..
My Cam was actually pointing to the north-West but due to the huge mountain to the left side, which is not whithin the shot frame, i wasn’t able to witness a magic sunset… but was happy with the shots i took.
Image by ecstaticist
This is a 2000+ foot high granite dome. To get a sense of scale here, look at the larger versions and you will see full grown pine trees on ledges.
Located adjacent to Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is extremely popular amongst rock climbers, and those who cheer them on. There’s a campground at the base of Stawamus Chief Mountain. You’ll find 40 wilderness/walk-in campsites – facilities provided include water, pit toilets, and many day-use facilities.
At last count there were 180 routes to climb on Stawamus Chief Mountain in Squamish, all of which begin from the base of one the largest free-standing granite monoliths in the world. Estimated to be 93 million years old, the Chief is one of the senior members of the local landscape, parts of which were laid down as lava a scant 12,000 years ago. Advanced and novice climbers alike look for appropriate routes on ‘The Chief,’ ‘The Squaw,’ and ‘The Apron,’ which together form the main climbing area.
The best barometer of the Chief’s international reputation is to check the wide range of licence plates on the cars parked in the climbers’ lot at the base of the mountain, and to eavesdrop on the languages being spoken here in the staging area, where as many as 25,000 climbers gather annually. The climber’s parking lot in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is located on the east side of Hwy 99 at its junction with the Stawamus River Forest Rd, just north of the Stawamus Chief roadside viewpoint.