The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - Atlas Obscura

Los Angeles, California

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

A celebration of life, death, architecture, and the patron saint of Los Angeles.

Explore The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a 58,000 square-foot postmodern complex complete with over six thousand crypts, a massive pipe organ (6,019 pipes), Judson Studios stained glass, tapestries, and the relics of Saint Vibiana, the patron saint of Los Angeles. 

Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon as we explore the cathedral, guided by a docent from Our Lady of the Angels. We will also be joined by Elizabeth Harper, who writes about saint relics and other morbid history at All the Saints You Should Know. An expert on the subject of Saint Vibiana, she will provide us with a slew of secrets and mysteries that surround the patron saint of Los Angeles.

Designed by Spanish Architect, Rafael Moneo, the cathedral opened in 2002 in order to replace the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, which was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The entrance showcases a set of $3M oversized bronze doors, which feature symbolic imagery corresponding to Christian mystical numbers. With the themes of “Light” and “Journey” in mind, architect Moneo incorporated large windows, with frames made of Spanish alabaster, into the interior. The lower level of the building is no less elaborate. The light-filled, modern mausoleum features stained glass windows from the original cathedral and is home to 6,000 crypts, including that of Academy-Award-winner Gregory Peck and of course Saint Vibiana, whose relics were discovered in Roman catacombs in 1853. 


  • Ages 12 and up. All minors must be ticketed and accompanied by a ticketed adult.
  • Parking on Saturdays is a $9 flat fee NOT included in your ticket price. Click here for more info on parking. Limited street parking on Hill between Temple and Cesar Chavez. 
  • Meet by the Lower Plaza fountain (Information Booth area). The Lower Plaza is at the entry doors from Temple Street. If you are parked in the garage, the Lower Plaza is on P1 elevator stop.
  • Photos taken with handheld cameras are allowed inside and out, but NO tripods.


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