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MISSION SANTA YSABEL CEMETERY

Located on a hillside in the small town of Santa Ysabel, this 19th century church, museum and cemetery along Highway 79 reveals a more native side to California Mission history.    

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OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH: MONTECITO, CA

Popularly known as “the Little Church of the Fathers,” this 160-year-old parish is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Montecito, CA (sorry Oprah).    

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THE GROTTO

The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother, aka The Grotto, is an internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set amongst 62 acres of botanical gardens in Portland, OR. The heart of the shrine is Our Lady’s Grotto, a rock cave carved into […]

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10,000 BUDDHA RELICS

Lu Mountain Temple in Rosemead, CA has one of the largest collection’s of Buddhist relics in the U.S. The relics or Sharira crystals are said to have formed from the cremated remains of the Buddha and his most enlightened disciples.

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ROSEMEAD TEMPLES

Lu Mountain Temple is just one of many Buddhist temples that can found in Rosemead, CA.

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CATHEDRAL CANYON RUINS

This small natural box canyon located just outside of Pahrump, NV was once filled with stained glass windows, Victorian style streetlamps, religious icons, a man made waterfall and replicas of the Golden Gate Bridge and Christ the Redeemer. Now, after […]

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SISTER AIMEE’S CASTLE

Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson commissioned the 4,400-square-foot moorish revival house in Lake Elsinore, complete with escape routes (in case of unwanted media attention).  

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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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HARE KRISHNA

stRAyNGER goes Krishna to experience a festive temple service & a private tour through the newly reopened Bhagavad Gita Museum, the only religious animatronic museum of its kind.      

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THE SEMPLE LIFE

A rare look inside the life of one of the most fascinating evangelist to ever live, Aimee Semple McPherson. Visiting the Parsonage where she lived, the Angelus Temple she built and the Archives that keep her spirit alive.     […]

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