Chapel on the Rock A beautiful Colorado place to see
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 .
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 .
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".