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Chapel of the Holy Cross


For all the times I have stood in awe of the European churches/cathedrals I have seen,
this is one church here in the States that blew me away last November in Sedona, Arizona. 

In 2007 Arizonans voted this Chapel
to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona.
It was completed in 1956 at a cost of US$300,000
.


Chapel of the Holy Cross


For all the times I have stood in awe of the European churches/cathedrals I have seen,
this is one church here in the States that blew me away last November in Sedona, Arizona. 

In 2007 Arizonans voted this Chapel
to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona.
It was completed in 1956 at a cost of US$300,000
.


comments (46)

  • rian
  • Mobile, US
  • 2 Mar 2009, 01:47
the way you captured it really does it justice.. it's simply awesome! i wish i could visit it too.. grin
Ginnie Hart: It really is an amazing structure, Rian.
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Mar 2009, 01:52
That *is* quite a formidable spot for a chapel smile Your processing's awesome: I love the slightly offblue tone in the sky - it feels a little mucky, tainted by the intense heat or something ... Love the shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment, Ian. It was a brilliant blue sky that I desaturated with a B&W and sepia treatment. Weird, I know!
  • sherri
  • United States of America
  • 2 Mar 2009, 03:21
I know this is not the point of your capture, but the color of the rocks against the color of the sky is so beautiful. I know that's silly, but I notice stuff like that.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, I notice stuff like that, too, Sherri. smile Thanks for noticing.
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 2 Mar 2009, 03:56
Very well presented, i like the colors here. I like the symbolism here also "with the strong rock base" Nice work Gennie!
Ginnie Hart: Philine mentioned "on this rock I will build my church," which really seemed appropriate, Brian. I hadn't thought of it till you and she both said it.
I'm no church goer but you have to respect that building. I like the way you have maximised the contrast of the cross with the sky.
Ginnie Hart: I used to attend church all the time, Nigel, but haven't done so in the past 8 years (a long story), so I know what you mean! Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Mar 2009, 05:23
"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."
This is part of the text in the link, said in 1957...
With this in mind it even is more majestic than it shows, if I look at the entrance door, that gives me a view of how huge/tall/big this building is.
Beautiful architecture what can be said of your picture too, love the PP what you did.
The colours do give this place even a more soulful feeling at it.
Een geweldige foto, mijn lieve vriend, een prachtige omgeving om tot rust te komen en de kracht van God te voelen en daar sterker door te voelen.
Ginnie Hart: The entrance door, Astrid, is actually on the other side in the back, so I'm not sure what that is from the front. In my next post you'll get a better sense of scale. Inside you do get the sense of the majesty and strength of God and the Universe. It really is magnificent. Ontzettend bedankt!
It is like they are trying to outdo Nature's creation.
Ginnie Hart: Nothing can outdo Nature, of course, Michael, so maybe they were only trying to express thanksgiving?!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Mar 2009, 06:24
I think the Catholic Church members took Jesus' word very literal: "You are Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church.." An impressive church indeed and you have captured that very well!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Philine. I'm so glad you mentioned that verse from my youth (and how my protestant preacher dad tried to show that the correct interpretation was NOT about Peter being the rock)!
quand le moderne se marie à l'environnement, cela peut être très joli
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, O-P! Merci.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 2 Mar 2009, 07:13
Looks like the place for quiet contemplation, on a cliff my favorite place. Great shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I know that about you by now, Tony! smile Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 2 Mar 2009, 07:38
It really is a wonder.
Ginnie Hart: I agree wholeheartedly, Kanyi!
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 2 Mar 2009, 08:29
I bet the light inside is fantastic too, did you get chance to go in?
Ginnie Hart: You'll see in my next post, Mike (Wednesday)! smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Mar 2009, 09:08
An amazing building Ginnie. I'm not usually a fan of modern churches, but the way this rises out of the rock makes this one something special and gives it added symbolic meaning.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I feel the same way about modern churches, Ingrid, but this one is definitely different. Thanks.
ici le style s'accorde avec son milieu ta photo est futuriste moi pas vouloir rentrer qui sait ce qu'il y a !!! (rire) A+
Ginnie Hart: It does have a very modern, futuristic look, Patrick, for sure! Merci.
I very much like the contrast between the rugged rocks and the sleek building. Well seen!
Ginnie Hart: Someone took modern architecture to the next level, Wim, but still left a quiet simplicity. Bedankt.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 2 Mar 2009, 10:08
Wow an awesome sight. beautifully captured Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Aussie.
Superb capture Ginnie. I really like the lines here!
Ginnie Hart: It's hard to beat this one, Richard!
A very strong picture of a very strong design of building Ginnie, especially where it has been placed. The link is very interesting as well.
Ginnie Hart: Someone sure knew what they were doing, Brian! Thanks.
great shot of a cool site.
amazing.
cheers
Rob
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rob.
A truly fascinating architecture. Thanks for the great shot, when I visit Arizona I definitely want to see this amazing Chapel. Beautiful capture, great angle and image Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I highly recommend the entire Sedona area, John. You'd have a photographic heyday there!
It certainly is unique and about as different from those European cathedrals as can be. Wonderful!
Ginnie Hart: That was exactly what I thought, Mary! Thanks.
  • Sakeeb
  • India
  • 2 Mar 2009, 13:29
amazing. the grey cloudy sky adds to the beauty of the architecture.
Ginnie Hart: All of Nature seemed to be rejoicing that day, Sakeeb.
  • david
  • United States
  • 2 Mar 2009, 14:07
i've seen shots of this place before and it never fails to amaze me. superb shot, ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I will never forget it, David, never! Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Mar 2009, 15:16
Astonishing in a Stanley Kubrick sort of a way, Ginnie. Great image.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Ray! Thanks.
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 2 Mar 2009, 15:32
Hi Ginnie, nice capture as always.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Arash!
Not an usual model, dont you think that?
You've done a great job, Ginny..
Ginnie Hart: No, not at all usual, Kavita, which is why it stands unique among many others.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Mar 2009, 16:13
What wonderful & striking architecture Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Chris! Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 2 Mar 2009, 17:03
WOW! It appears to come right out of the rocks. Who is the architect? Incredible structure!!!
Ginnie Hart: Wiki says: "designed by architect and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the firm of Anshen & Allen." We should have known it was a woman, right?! smile
A grand building...standing out against the dark sky. Well composed and captured Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I just found out the architect was a woman, Ron, which makes it even more special to me! smile Thanks.
That really is spectacular, Ginnie. What an inspired design.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Chad! Thanks.
  • Nathan
  • United States
  • 2 Mar 2009, 18:44
It looks amazing how its built into the rocks. It looks as if it is a fortress of some sort, protected by the rocky base.
Ginnie Hart: A fortress in the time of storm, Nathan! Indeed. Thanks.
Yep that is an impressively original building Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: So glad you agree, Bill. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 2 Mar 2009, 21:01
Such a wonderful building. It seams to have emerged from the cliffs.
Ginnie Hart: One with Nature, Frida. Totally one! smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 2 Mar 2009, 21:25
on top of the hill! amazing structure on the way it is built!
Ginnie Hart: It really is a man-made wonder, Liang!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Mar 2009, 21:43
I have attended a service in a similar shaped church in Durban, South Africa. The pulpit is next to the big picture window and the view for the congregation through the window is of the sea, over the heads of a palm forest. I can't remember the sermon, but will always remember the view.

Great picture and what a sky.
Ginnie Hart: Wait till you see my next post, Louis! smile I know exactly what you mean.
Really impressive. This weekend I finally met Jose Angel (jasdg) at a photography course. We had a good time and we learnt a lot. Cheers Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: So glad you met our mutual friend, Albert! I bet you speak better Spanish than I did, however, when I met him. smile
once again. I really like this shot, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You're a sweetheart, Kavita. Thank you again!
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 3 Mar 2009, 01:37
So dramatic... it rises out of the earth... I love the muted tones.
Ginnie Hart: It was once a seed, Larry, and grew into this magnificent "tree."
I did not know about this, but that's the advantages of having friends like you as I love travel along with you all over the globe and see new things through your eyes.

No wonder its called one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders!
Ginnie Hart: I know. You show me yours and I'll show you mine. grin Thanks, Renny.
What a fascinating building Ginnie, and in a great location. Well seen.
Ginnie Hart: It really is a magnificent structure, Les, in a different kind of way! Thanks.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 3 Mar 2009, 22:26
Great image, Ginnie. I like the textures of the rock, and the overall composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jennie.
Brilliant Architectural structure, looks very modern. Lovely colour tones.
Ginnie Hart: From the 1950s, Fotografa, I guess the Europeans would say that's ULTRA modern! Kinda like yesterday! smile
Amazing place to build a chapel of its kind!
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, José Angel!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 13 Apr 2009, 13:01
Wow!!! I swear my eyes became bigger with this awesome building...I wouldn't believe that a human construction in this kind of landscape could ever look so great...
Ginnie Hart: The architect was a woman, Lina!!!!! I think that says it all. smile
  • jane
  • United States
  • 14 May 2009, 20:22
What a commanding photo . . excellent capture.
Ginnie Hart: I'll never forget it, Jane!
Astrid sent me the link to this following on from my own posting of the place yesterday. I prefer the composition in this! It's a fantastic place isn't it?
Ginnie Hart: OMG. It's a place for the gods! I loved having a look at your take on it. Thanks, Alan.

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