Weekly Photo Challenge -Monument

“Art reaches back into the babyhood of time, and it is man’s only lasting monument”

William Morris Hunt



This week’s challenge is “Monument”, for which I’ve chosen the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona.  While not a monument in the traditional sense, its placement looming above the beautiful red rocks of Sedona certainly meets the definition “an outstanding, enduring and memorable example of something”.



“Great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The chapel has an interesting history. It was designed and sponsored by artist/sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Originally it was planned for Budapest, but those plans were disrupted by the beginning of World War II.  Following the war, the concept was moved to its founder’s native Arizona amidst some amount of controversy due to its placement in a  pristine, federally-protected natural environment. With its 90 foot cross atop a 200 ft stone jutting out of the rocks it is certainly a site which commands attention.



“Mountains are earth’s undecaying monuments.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The chapel has been featured in the New York Times, Life Magazine and The Washington Post among others. In addition to its role as a place for spirituality, it is purportedly a site of one of the four vortexes of Sedona – spots where the earth’s energy is increased, leading to self-awareness and healing. Native American tribes were drawn to the area as early as 1300 AD.



“Live a life as a monument to your soul.”

Ayn Rand

Some say that if the developers were to propose such a building today, it would not be allowed.  There are those who feel it is a detraction from the natural landscape. For believers and many others, it is a beautiful creation which takes full advantage of a glorious view of some of God’s best work :-).  Whatever your beliefs, a visit to the red rocks of Sedona is an opportunity to enjoy some of nature’s finest offerings.  So what do you think – is the chapel an enhancement or a detraction from Sedona’s beautiful red rocks?

To see the monuments other bloggers have chosen to feature, click here.

106 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge -Monument

  1. Tina – I made a trip to Sedona about 1-1/2 years ago — a group of “sisters” and I made a healing trip there. We specifically went to each of the vortexes plus found a few others. I did not find the cathedral a distraction — quite the opposite. I looked at it in wonder of architecture amidst its surroundings. Beautiful captures!

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