Because Christian worship is not supposed to be about you.
From my 5 y/o son, "Mom, what hospital is that?"
That looks like an art museum. Or an apartment complex.
This is clearly one of those post-Christian Episcopal churches.
Or the Command Center from Power Rangers...
Unfortunately, (in case you didn't know) it's the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in el Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles in southern CA...
I am a Priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and watched as this Cathedral was built. To me it looks like a men's prison on the outside and a great concert hall on the inside. The ONLY beauty in the place is in the basement where the windows from the old Cathedral (St. Vibiana's) were placed and lighted from behind. On the positive side, the place seats a lot of people, it's huge. And the altar is the focus from everywhere in the building. Other than that, I'd really rather celebrate Mass in the tiny chapel of our convent here at the parish.
I thought it was a new airport terminal.
Just out of curiosity, is the interior layout at all user friendly for the purpose of worship and other church activities?
This is Mr. Spock reporting in from the Vulcan High Command
@DJ - Yes, exactly.
Ugly, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I instantly recognized this as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. A friend has played the organ there in concert. (And he said it was a great space!) But, just because some of you think it's ugly, does that mean that only European inspired traditional architecture can be considered to be a "beautiful" church building? What ever happened to the idea that the church is universal? Shouldn't we allow for other than caucasian euro-centric designs? I don't have to be in a building transplanted from Europe.
No Mark, the design of this building is the epitome of a certain type of Caucasian, Euro-centric mindset. Non-caucasian, non-euro-centric peoples would never design anything this ugly.
I won't refute some of the snarks above... many folks in L.A. said same when it went up (I lived in SoCal at the time). But in the interest of balance:The crypt is amazing - both for the bright, almost radiant marble and the sheer size. It captures the "communion of saints" theme in the sanctuary. You sense all of the faithful, across time, working and resting in hope of the resurrection.The location is fabulous. It truly sits as the cathedral of the city - it is as prominent to downtown as the L.A. Music Center, City Hall and other civic buildings. And it's right over the 101 Freeway as it winds through downtown.
A rather dreadful pile, isn't it?
More like a 1980s community college..
Is it true that it's called the "Taj Mahoney" in San Francisco?Well, maybe it will survive the next earthquake, when the San Andreas fault decides to act up again ...Zwetschgenkrampus
It's much, much nicer on the inside, truly. The tapestries of the saints are amazing.
I am not a fan. Having said that, I've looked at the web site and many photos (I live in Ohio) and it's a very nicely done example of that sort of architecture. If you like it, that's pretty much what it's supposed to look like, and the feeling it evokes (that kind of architecture is all about "evoking") is exactly what it's supposed to evoke. So I have to give it this: It is a fabulous example of that style of architecture. But again, I don't like that style of architecture. It is supposed to be people-centered, but to me it is very impersonal.
The tapestries lining the nave are remarkably moving.
Well, the etched glass is nice...
Tom Wolfe's From Bauhaus to Our House explains it all.
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