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Short URL
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Names
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles
Address
555 West Temple St. Los Angeles, California
Location
Los Angeles  locality
California  state
United States  country
North America  continent
Main date(s)
1998-2002
Coordinates
34.058088° N, 118.245565° W
Admission
Free
Phone
213/680-5200

Description of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

The cathedral complex includes a large courtyard, parking lot, cafe, and shrine, covering a total of 58,000 square feet. The cathedral itself is 333 feet long, which is purposely one foot longer than St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and rises to an internal height of 80 feet at the west end to about 100 feet at east end by the altar. The tall belltower is detached from the cathedral building in the Italian tradition.

The cathedral itself is an impressive and unusual building that makes minimal use of right angles and incorporates the latest techniques for earthquake safeguards. It was designed by Rafael Moneo, a Pritzker-prize-winning architect from Spain, who chose "Light" and "Journey" as his unifying themes. The interior is brightly illuminated by high windows made of Spanish alabaster and the entrance leads into a large ambulatory that inclines slightly as it approaches the light-filled altar.

Holly Hayes
January 3, 2012

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