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FULL OF GRACE

Located on Nob Hill, San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral is a soaring neo-Gothic structure that shelters many notable works of art, including a triptych altarpiece of bronze by Keith Haring.        

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CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES

California’s first licensed female architect and a Frank Lloyd Wright Protégé helped design this Moorish-Gothic columbarium. Inside one can easily get lost within the labyrinth of thousands of tiny niches surrounded by fountains, trees, natural light and some of Oakland’s […]

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DAIRYLAND TEMPLES

Visiting BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Buddhist Thai Temple in Chino Hills, CA.    

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PORTAL OF THE FOLDED WINGS

Why is there a 21-foot-long model of the Space Shuttle sitting in a semi-rundown NOHO cemetery?    

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SAINT BASIL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Designed to evoke the feel of a very early Christian church or a monastery, this Brutalist style Catholic Church along Wilshire Boulevard rises like an ancient fortress, girded with towers and bristling with jagged, three-dimensional windows of stained glass and […]

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SAN XAVIER DEL BAC MISSION

Known as the White Dove of the Desert, Mission San Xavier del Bac, an active Roman Catholic church serving the San Xavier Indian Reservation in Tucson, is considered the finest example of mission architecture in the Southwest.    

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CHURCH

Located in what was once one of the wealthiest sections of Los Angeles, this Churrigueresque church built in the shape of a cross, has one of the best Mary alters I’ve ever seen.    

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CHUMASH PAINTED CAVE STATE HISTORIC PARK

The walls of this small cave carved from towering sandstone boulders contain some of the finest remaining rock art created by Chumash Native Americans.          

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LA PURISIMA MISSION

Mision La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima is one of the famous network of Spanish Franciscan missions stretching the length of California, established in the 18th century. Today it’s something of a living history museum. Unlike many of the California […]

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MISSION SANTA BARBARA

California’s ‘Queen of the Missions’ is unique for its stone facade patterned after an ancient Latin temple in pre-Christian Rome. It is the only mission that escaped secularization under Mexican rule mission and the only one with two bell towers. […]

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