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Crypt Mausoleum of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
is located on the lower level (one floor beneath the Cathedral
Church) and is directly across from St. Vibiana's
Chapel. Easy access to the lower level can be gained by
the stairway or elevator at the rear of the Cathedral church.
We invite you to visit the Mausoleum
on your next visit to the Cathedral.
You will discover as you enter through
the Mausoleum doors, there are two
beautiful etchings depicting guardian
angels holding torches. These angels,
designed and carved by Judson Studios,
one of the most renowned and oldest
liturgical studios in North America,
remind us of the care and love we
have for our departed.
Spanish limestone and stained glass
windows throughout the Mausoleum,
as well as the soft glow of the lighting
from the Alabaster sconces, exude
a welcoming place of prayer, drawing
you into the Mausoleum to explore
even further its quiet beauty.
As you proceed down the main corridor,
you will note the sixteen large stained
glass windows along the north and
south hallways, in addition to the
nine lunettes, all of which were
originally placed in St. Vibiana
Cathedral. The lighted windows are
of the baroque revival style and
were restored by the Judson Studios.
Located at the end of the main corridor
is a sacophagus and a beautiful dome
directly above it. This dome was
originally in place at Calvary mortuary
within a private chapel. It was
moved to the Cathedral in one piece
and placed into a redesigned and
rebuilt ceiling. The artwork of
the dome was originally done on canvas
panels and then carefully attached
to the dome. It took the artist
over a year to complete. The translation
of the Latin is, "In the name of
Jesus, all shall genuflect, in heaven,
on earth, and under the earth".
Also shown are several angels, a
papal tiara, papal awards, and a
Jerusalem Cross similar to the one
in the rosso laguna marble on top
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the
Angels Mausoleum is the only structure
in the world where the opportunity
for interment in a site of such religious
significance is available to all
- not just a "privileged few". No
other church, not even the grand
cathedrals in Europe, have anything
compared in scope and design.
This sacred place beneath the Cathedral
contains 1275 crypt (full casket)
spaces, and 4794 niche (urn) spaces
for burials. Additionally, there
are over 200 areas located within
the Mausoleum that offer the opportunity
to memorialize a loved one, or loved
ones, on a Mausoleum Cenotaph. Location,
level and row within the Mausoleum
determine the final price of all
spaces in the Mausoleum. View Mausoleum Floor Plan (PDF)
The payment proceeds from crypt or
niche spaces within the Mausoleum
will be contributed to the Cathedral
Foundation and a portion of those
amounts will be tax deductible as
a Charitable Contribution. Payment
proceeds from Cenotaph space is fully
The Cathedral Foundation Endowment
Fund is fully designated and restricted
for the use of the Cathedral, and
cannot be used for any other purpose.
It will assure the financial stability
of the Cathedral, and ensure that
the Cathedral is properly maintained,
and retains its beauty, prestige,
and function for centuries to come.
The Cathedral offers a Cathedral
Mausoleum DVD with a brief visual
tour of the Mausoleum, available
free, upon request. A small screen version of DVD is also available for online viewing.
View DVD online. (File is 17MB, please be patient as it downloads).
additional information or to schedule
a tour of the Mausoleum, please contact the
Cathedral Mausoleum office at (213) 680-5226
WINDOWS | Mausoleum Flower Policy (PDF).