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Religious Los Angeles Places to Visit

While it might be unknown to most, there are quite a few religious landmarks that can be found in and around Los Angeles. You do not have to be a religious enthusiast or historian to enjoy what these unique spiritual sites have to offer. Here are our handpicked religious Los Angeles places to visit.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Admire the 11-story tall religious landmark of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. One of the best churches in Los Angeles for any tourist, this state-of-the-art building was built in 2002 and is one of the only Roman Catholic churches to be built in the western United States in over 30 years. Bronze doors and giant statues adorn the entrance before you gaze upon cathedral itself and attached meditation garden.

Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin

Visit one of the country’s oldest Buddhist temples at Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin. Buddhist statues, stone lanterns, and Japanese art grace the displays of this historic building. The temple is even home to one of the country’s oldest factions of the Boy Scouts.

Thein Hau Temple

You will find one of the best religious Los Angeles places to visit in Chinatown. Here you will find the Thein Hau Temple, a Taoist temple that is dedicated to the goddess of the sea, Mazu. While it was originally built as a Christian church is was repurposed in the 1980s into a Taoist temple. You will also find altars dedicated to other Taoist deities and celebrate the Lunar New Year with their annual event.

Peace Awareness Labyrinth Gardens

In the West Adams district, you can find the Peace Awareness Labyrinth Gardens, the home of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness. This place made its way on the Los Angeles places to visit list due to its meditation garden that features over 16 fountains and intimate seating for your own personal journey.

Wayfarers Chapel

Enjoy the beauty of a modern architectural masterpiece at the Wayfarers Chapel. Also known as the Glass Church, this religious landmark sits along the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean and is regarded as one of the best pieces of Organic Architecture. The Wayfarers Chapel is also a popular wedding venue and has been featured on several television programming.

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