Architect: José Rafael Moneo
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels replaced the smaller former Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, which was severely damaged in the 1994. Dedication took place on September 2, 2002, and it was designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect José Rafael Moneo. The 12-story high building can accommodate 3,000+ worshippers. The site includes the cathedral proper, a 2.5 acre plaza, several gardens and waterfalls, the Cathedral Center (with the gift shop, the Galero Grill, conference center, and cathedral parish offices), and the cathedral rectory, and the residence of the Cardinal. The entire complex is 58,000 square feet. The main sanctuary is 333 feet long. The internal height varies from 80 feet over the baptistery at the rear (west) end to about 100 feet near the lantern window (east end).