Chapel of the Droopy Crosses
Totowa, New Jersey
This unique open-air chapel is officially in memory of "the Holy Syriac Martyrs of 1895-1918." In the Middle East, thousands of Assyrian Christians were starved, shot, or hacked to death by other ethnic and religious groups in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire. The chapel includes a couple of signs in English, but all of its engraved text is in a squiggly foreign language, leaving its meaning a mystery to the casual visitor.
The most memorable feature of the chapel are its three large tri-budded crosses drooping out of the their respective walls, as if wilting on a hot summer afternoon. Benches for quiet reflection are arranged beneath the crosses. It was built in 2000.