Saint Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles
Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Front facade of Saint Sophia Greex Orthodox Cathedral
|Location||1324 South Normandie Avenue, Harvard Heights
Los Angeles, California
|Heritage designation||Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #120|
|Designated||June 6, 1973|
|Style||Byzantine Revival—Renaissance Revival|
Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (in Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, Hagia Sophia) is a Greek Orthodox church built in 1952, in what was then the Greek section of Central Los Angeles, California. It is located at West 15th Street and South Normandie Avenue in the present day Harvard Heights neighborhood.
This Greek Orthodox church is the result of a Hollywood success story. When Charles Skouras and his brothers, Spyros Skouras and George Skouras, were still trying to get ahead in Hollywood, Charles made a vow to God that he would build the most majestic cathedral if God would grant him success in show business. He became head of Fox West Coast, so he built the Saint Sophia in Los Angeles.
In 2005 at the 36th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the liturgy was given in Spanish, English, and Greek, with Orthodox children from a Tijuana, Mexico, orphanage providing music.
Saint Sophia Cathedral is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
The cathedral still draws its predominantly Greek congregation of as many as 1,000 from perhaps a 60-mile radius – from throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Los Angeles's Greek community has never been centralized, as in other cities such as New York City and Chicago.
- List of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in South Los Angeles
- Greek Orthodox cathedrals in the United States
- Official Saint Sophia Cathedral website
- Saint Sophia
- Article about the Church
- Cathedrals of California