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Chapel on the Rock A beautiful Colorado place to see

Updated on June 2, 2012
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The Stanley

The Stanley Hotel .

If you have seen the movie" The Shinning" the Stephen King Classic. Then you most likely know about the Stanley Hotel. The movie was filmed there in part.

This is where we started our adventure today. The Stanley opened in 1909. It is a great old place to see. The ominous look of the clouds in the background of the pictures, was just to awesome to pass up.

But not what we want to share today.

From where we live ,we took hwy34 from the town of Loveland Co through the Big Thompson Canyon ,all the way to Estes Park CO. That is a beautiful drive. But also not our subject today.

From Estes Park we drove down Co hwy 7 to the town of Lyons. Near the town of Allenspark CO , we spotted the" Chapel On The Rock". We stopped the car took a few photo's then continued our drive .

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The Chapel Stayed With Me.

Monsignor Joseph Bosetti

This is the guy. Monsignor Joseph Bosetti In 1916 along with two friends, was looking for a meteor that he had seen the night before when they found this site.

Msgr. Bosetti worked and prayed for almost 20 years for a way to fund this chapel . During that time he also augured with the Colorado hwy department , They wanted to Blast away the site to straiten the road. What a sad loss that would have been.

Msgr. Bosetti persevered and the state one day thanked him, for convincing them to build the road around the rock.

When we were on this adventure ,the clouds were to thick. So my picture to the right does not show the very beautiful Mt Meeker . The mountain makes a awesome backdrop for the Chapel. The other pic shows the mountain. I did not take that one. But wanted to be able to show it without the clouds .

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A Drive Worth Making.

The Denver architect Jacques Benedict, designed the chapel.

It was built from native stone, from the surrounding area. The contractors had the stone hauled in by mule cart.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Malo donated the land and funds to build the chapel. They also paid for the maintenance for decades.

The Pope John Paul II visited the chapel in 1993.

The chapel is now in Boulder County. Boulder county designated the chapel as a historic site in 1999.

The chapel is officially know as , Saint Catherine of Siena's Chapel

For more info do a search for Chapel on The Rock Colorado.

The other picturs are shots from the drive I thought you may enjoy.

This drive is a part of the "peak to peak hwy".

You can check that out here


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    • bmcoll3278 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Peggy you are welcome. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My mother and I spent a few days of vacation in Estes Park one year and drove to Loveland on that same highway you mentioned. Such lovely areas! Wrote quite a few hubs about the places in Colorado that we have seen. Wish we had seen that chapel. It looks amazing!!! I can understand why that chapel made the impression upon you that it did. Thanks for showing it to us and telling us about it. Were you able to do inside of it?

      Up, useful and interesting votes.

    • bmcoll3278 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      unknown spy. It was in the 70's so not cold at all. But the clouds were ominous.

    • bmcoll3278 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Angelo52- I would agree completely. The pictures can not do it justice. When you see it with the surrounding mountains , it is unbelievable. Thanks for stopping by.

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      6 years ago from Central Florida

      The chapel is a fantastic building. Blends in well with the surrounding area.

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I can feel the chills especially with those thick clouds!. Wanted to see that Chapel, looks very..'chilly' but beautiful.

      voted up and all and shared!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this

    • bmcoll3278 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Thanks guys for the kind words.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very interesting and well written hub,it looks like very beautiful place to visit,well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What an awesome Hub! Voted up.


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