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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. [Photo Credit:] Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Los Angeles Churches

Churches in Los Angeles - List of churches arranged by denomination

Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels - Home of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese, located in downtown L.A. near the Performing Arts Center and Disney Hall.

Christ Cathedral - Former site of the Crystal Cathedral and the Hour of Power television ministry. It is now a Catholic church.

First A.M.E. Church - First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles is a world-renowned church that was founded by African Americans in 1872.

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles - Protestant church, oldest in Los Angeles, founded 1867.

King Fahad Mosque - The Islamic mosque is located in Culver City, and is open daily for all five prayers. Visitors are welcome. Individual or group tours are available.

L.A. Jewish Guide - A list of dozens of synagogues in the Los Angeles area, sorted by location.

La Placita: Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles, near El Pueblo Park in downtown L.A. [Photo Credit:] La Placita: Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles

La Placita - Iglesia Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles. Originally founded in 1784, only three years after the official founding of Los Angeles. The church is located across the street from El Pueblo de Los Angeles (home of Olvera Street).

Mormon Temple in Los Angeles - Los Angeles California Temple Visitors' Center showcases a representation of Thorvaldsen's Christus amidst beautiful surroundings. Guides are available to give you a free tour of the visitors' center.

Saint Andrew's Abbey - a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery. The basis for monastic life at Valyermo is the Rule of St. Benedict, a formula for life in community which has been followed by monks and nuns for over fifteen-hundred years. Home of the annual Valyermo Fall Festival (Tel: 661-944-2178)

Church of Scientology in Los Angeles - The original Church of Scientology, located at 4810 W Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, east of Hollywood.

Scientology Celebrity Centre International - a special Church of Scientology that was designed to serve celebrities. This facility is located at 5930 Franklin Avenue in east Hollywood.

Old Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana, 1797. [Photo Credit:] Old Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana, 1797

Southern California Missions

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana - Located in the northern San Fernando Valley. The grounds are open to visit, and there is a small gift shop. Tours can be arranged through the gift shop.

San Gabriel Mission - Founded in 1771, located in the east Los Angeles area. Visit the website to view the mission's history, gift shop hours and information about events and guided tours.

Missions North of Los Angeles

San Buenaventura Mission - Founded in 1782, located in Ventura, north of Los Angeles. History, events. The mission is open to visitors every day.

Old Mission Santa Barbara - Explore the museum, mausoleum, gift shop and historical mission church. Once or twice a month the museum offers the Mission Treasures Tour, a 90-minute walking tour to learn about the mission's architecture and artwork, as well as areas not normally open to the public.

Old Mission Santa Ines - Self-guided tour hours are available daily except for most holidays. Docent-led group tours are available but must be arranged in advance. The museum contains artwork, statues, documents manuscripts, and other artifacts that related to the Mission's history.

La Purisima Mission State Park - The site of Mission La Purisima Concepcion is a California State Park where the mission church and ten original buildings have been fully restored. The Visitor Center has historical displays and other exhibits. Self-guided tours, docent-led tours, and group tours are available. There is a picnic area, as well as nearby trails for hiking. Open daily (closed some holidays).

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa - The gift shop and museum are open daily.

Missions South of Los Angeles

Mission San Juan Capistrano - Visitors will discover many areas of interest within the Mission walls. You can hear the tolling of century old bells and walk down its time worn paths. The serenity and peace amid the 10 acres of lush gardens and cool fountains, cloistered by old adobe walls, offers visitors seclusion from the sights and sounds of a busy world. Visit the Serra Chapel, Padres Quarters, Industrial Area, Soldiers Barracks, Cemetery and The Great Stone Church.

Old Mission San Luis Rey - The mission grounds, museum and gift shop are open daily. A special Behind the Scenes Tour occurs almost every Saturday. Group tours for 15 or more can be arranged in advance.

Mission San Diego - First of the 21 missions and known as the Mother of the Missions, Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded on July 16, 1769 by Blessed Junipero Serra. It was designated as a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paul VI.

Mission Research

California Missions Foundation - The California Missions Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, protection and maintenance of California's 21 historic missions. Site includes history of each Mission and driving directions.

California Mission Studies Assn - The California Mission Studies Association is a nonprofit group of historians, archaeologists, architects, preservationists, Native Americans and clerics devoted to the study and survival of the 21 California missions, presidios, adobes, pueblos, asistencias and ranchos dating from 1769.

California Missions Photo Tour - Photos of each of the twenty-one California Missions.

Mission Tour - a virtual tour of the California Missions.

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