Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles

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The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Spanish: Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles), informally known as COLA or the Los Angeles Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. Opened in 2002, it serves as the mother church for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as well as the seat of Archbishop José Horacio Gómez.
The structure replaced the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, which was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Under Cardinal Roger Mahony, Our Lady of the Angels was begun in 1998 and formally dedicated on September 2, 2002. There was considerable controversy over both its deconstructivist and modern design, costs incurred in its construction and furnishing, and the archdiocese's decision to build a crypt under the cathedral.
The cathedral is named in honor of the Virgin Mary under the patronal title of "Our Lady of the Angels", echoing the full name of the original settlement of Los Angeles (Spanish: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles, or "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels"). The cathedral is widely known for enshrining the relics of Saint Vibiana and tilma piece of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is the mother church to approximately five million professed Catholics in the archdiocese.
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  • A pleasant surprise, I found the exterior unattractive but the interior is overpowering. Great expressions of religious art in a magnificent environment.  more »
  • Great and imposing tranquil church with amazing architecture. Be sure to go down stairs to the memorial crypt.  more »
  • I visited on a very special day, but can't say what does it called though. It was peacefully all around and special when the ocassion was still going on. Such a lovely chorus. Down at the basement level you got see some famous people were buried. It was Holly moment for me. I bet you too gonna enjoy it.
  • Strikingly beautiful and massive church in downtown LA. One of the biggest churches I’ve ever been to. I was lucky enough to visit when the organist was playing and it was beautiful. Interesting design in that the church is asymmetrical and architecture has lots of weird angles

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