Los Angeles is home to many churches whose parishes date back to over a century, plus several temples that bring historic value to the city. With architecture ranging from California-mission style to neo-Romanesque creations, many of these churches and temples are design wonders in addition to being places of worship. Some of Los Angeles' historic churches and temples also served as the beginning of certain denominations in Los Angeles and brought communities together. Plus, as this is L.A., there's even a church that was established in order to give actors and other motion-picture industry insiders, a place to worship. Today, all these churches still offer services every week.
For visitors to Los Angeles looking for art, you can also find that by visiting some of the historic religious sites of the city. The churches and temples house murals, paintings, statues and even ancient bells. The art amidst the grand designs of some of the buildings is beautiful to behold. In addition, visitors can learn about the history of each church or temple, shedding insight into how some of the first settlers of Los Angeles lived and helped shape it into the large metropolis it is today, and how the churches and temples developed over those years.