Los Angeles Churches and Cathedrals

(Los Angeles, California - CA, USA)

Greater Los Angeles contains over 2,000 churches and religious buildings, representing all of the major beliefs and more. One of the most famous is the Church of the Good Shepherd, which has become known for its celebrity parishioners.

When it comes to celebrity weddings in Los Angeles, many big names have chosen to get married at the Good Shepherd Church, including Rod Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Wahlberg, amongst others. The Good Shepherd has also played host to a number of celebrity funerals, such as the Hollywood legends of Alfred Hitchcock, Rita Hayworth and Frank Sinatra.

Good Shepherd Church

Address: 505 North Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, 90210, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 310 285 5425
The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated in the Beverly Hills district, close to central Los Angeles. The local church for many major cinematic celebrities residing nearby, the Good Shepherd holds regular parish services and is the oldest in the area. Past local Catholic movie stars who have attended Sunday masses here have included the likes of Bing Crosby and Rudolph Valentino.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: free

Old Plaza Church

Address: 535 North Main Street, Los Angeles, 90012, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 213 629 3101
The Old Plaza Church is one of the most historic in the whole city, being founded in 1814 and dedicated in 1822. This is a Roman Catholic building and is officially known as the La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles (The Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels). The structure has been renovated and expanded over the years, with the addition of a number of stylish modern features, and is now listed as a California Historical Landmark.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Crystal Cathedral

Address: 12141 Lewis Street, Garden Grove, 92840, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 714 971 4000
Crystal Cathedral is one of the most striking landmarks in the area and is located within the neighboring city of Garden Grove, within easy reach of Los Angeles. This enormous building features modern architecture, towering high and covered in stylish glass plates. Containing a vast interior, which regularly seats over 3,000 people, other attractions include drive-in services outside, popular Sunday services, guided tours and many breathtaking features.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Church of the Angels

Address: 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena, 91105, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 323 255 3878
The historic Church of the Angels, in the Points East area, is within easy reach of the city and contains many original period features, being built in the late part of the 19th century.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Lake Shrine

Address: 17190 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, 90272, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 310 454 4114
Lake Shrine is located on the outskirts of the city and resides on the famous Sunset Boulevard, within the affluent neighborhood of Pacific Palisades. This a popular memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, where some of his ashes are held. Also of interest is an onsite museum, landscaped gardens and a gift shop.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Wayfarer's Chapel

Address: 5755 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 310 377 1650
Wayfarer's Chapel can be found in the Long Beach area, on the southerly outskirts of Los Angeles, and is often known as simply the 'Glass Church' due to its modern glass architecture. Attractions include large landscaped gardens and superb ocean views. Just across the road (the Palos Verdes Drive South) is the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and its ecological reserve.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Other major churches, temples and religious buildings in the Los Angeles area include:

Angelus Temple

Address: 1100 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90026, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 213 484 1100

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Address: 1324 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, 90006, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 213 737 2424

Sri Venkateswara Hindu Temple

Address: 1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Road, Calabasas, 91302, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 818 880 5552

Zen Center of Los Angeles

Address: 923 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, 90006, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 213 387 2351

Higashi Hongwangji Buddhist Temple

Address: 505 East Third Street, Los Angeles, 90013, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 213 626 4200