THE CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS
Spanish architect Jose Rafael Moneo's 11-story postmodern masterpiece in architectural concrete, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, is certainly a domineering presence towering over the 101 Freeway. The Cathedral does have some interesting artwork, including the towering bronze doors by LA-based sculptor Robert Graham topped by a modern interpretation of Our Lady.
John Nava's tapestries featuring a combination of saints and community members line the interior walls. It is the largest collection of hanging tapestries in any Catholic church in the United States.
Installed at the end of the south ambulatory of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is the 1687 gilded, black walnut, Spanish Baroque retablo that was brought to the US in the 1920s, and placed in the care of many temporary homes before being relocated permanently to the new Cathedral in 2002.