Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Don’t be fooled by the modern architecture, this cathedral has a great deal of character.
Modern architecture with Spanish features.
It is another mark of Spanish presence in Los Angeles, and yet it is not a colonial building, but rather one dating from the start of the 21st century. Situated on Temple Street, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street, its author is the famous Navarrese architect Rafael Moneo. It opened its doors in 2002 as a replacement for the old Cathedral of Saint Vibiana which was damaged in the earthquake which shook the city in 1994. The new cathedral, which has no right angles and is made from alabaster, is erected over a large plaza and crowned with a grand lit-up cross. It covers a total area of 23,000 square meters and its height is equivalent to a 12-floor building. Its façade is very eye-catching, but so is its interior, which can accommodate over 3,000 people. It also has a conference centre. The surrounding gardens and fountains, as well as a 17th century Spanish altarpiece, are also worthy of note. Additional information is available at www.olacathedral.org.