The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, also called the Los Angeles Cathedral, is a cathedral church of the United States in Los Angeles, California. It is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and seat of its archbishop. Consecrated and dedicated on September 2, 2002, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels replaced the smaller Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, which was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The cathedral was designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo using elements of postmodern architecture. It features a series of acute and obtuse angles and an absence of right angles. Contemporary statuaries and appointments decorate the compley, prominent of which are the bronze doors and the statue called The Virgin Mary, all adorning the entrance and designed by Robert Graham.Furthermore it is a base isolated structure for protection against earthquake structural damage.The 12-story high building can accommodate over 3,000 worshippers. The site includes the cathedral proper, a 2.5 acre (10,000 m²) plaza, several gardens and water features, the Cathedral Center (with the gift shop, the Galero Grill, conference center, and cathedral parish offices), and the cathedral rectory, the residence of the archbishop and some cathedral clergy. The cathedral is noted for having the largest use of alabaster in the country replacing the more traditional stained glass windows and providing the interior with soft, warm, subtly multi-hued illumination.
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