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Address: 555 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2707
Phone Number: +1 213-680-5200
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Located in the midst of downtown Los Angeles, only the second cathdral to...

Located in the midst of downtown Los Angeles, only the second cathdral to be built in a US city in the past 50 year, the structure has been compared to Notre Dame in its magnificense.

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Stark exterior houses a grand interior

The stark exterior is almost unrecognizable as a cathedral, save for the cross on the side of the building. The altar from the original St. Vibiana cathedral greets you as you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The stark exterior is almost unrecognizable as a cathedral, save for the cross on the side of the building. The altar from the original St. Vibiana cathedral greets you as you enter. There is a grand marble mausoleum in the basement housing Gregory Peck's final resting place. The cathedral serves 5+ million parishioners in several languages. I visited as part... More 

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Woodland Hills, Ca
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral is very large in scope but from an architectural or decorative standpoint is not particularly interesting. It is a major home for the Catholic religion but compared to cathedrals in other cities is wanting from a standpoint of attraactiveness.

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West Covina, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice architecture and design. Certainly not your old world style type of cathedral. Big courtyard for gatherings after mass. To have to pay for parking in order to attend mass is certainly not helping to bring in worshippers.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This very modern Cathedral looks more like a music or concert auditorium than a cathedral. It is quite austere, with minimal decoration, but does provide time for reflection. The longer we stayed the more we appreciated the architectural design.

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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Controversial for not looking like a a customary church it's in fact very traditional in its elements and theology. You probably would not get that without the tour. We had lunch at the café and I had the combo trio salad which was awesome and flavourful. Friend had a great sandwich. Went to info desk by the main gate and... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Check this out if you want to see a local Catholic monument. It's beautiful. Parking is expensive, so use public transportation if possible.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

I went to hear a Catholic mass in this Cathedral where the acoustics are very good despite its large size. Welcoming.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I have been to Memorial Services at the Cathedral (or Ira Yellin who hired the architect)to a live service on the l0th anniversary of 9.ll which had a choir and yes there was religious overtones but it didn't matter: The Cathedral has a really splendid and unique atmosphere, transcends what you think about Churchs and it also has some magnificent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

I come here for alone time when I need quiet time for myself. The architecture is great. There's a deli place, gift shop, and restroom. Parking can be expensive. I recommend parking outside the street. Please observe your clothing and mobile device as it is a place of worship. This is a great place for sanctuary.

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Cypress, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This past Saturday, just for a one-time experience, we took our out-of-town visitors to ride the subway from Pershing Square one stop up north to City Hall/Grand Park (partly to avoid the uphill walk incline). Unfortunately, when we got off we found the escalator NOT working and there is no elevator in sight (part of the station blocked off). We... More 

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