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Wayfarers Chapel in the green trees


wayfarers chapel palos verdes

Last week I accompanied my mother’s assisted living group to visit Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes which is tucked into the southwest corner of Los Angeles County. Palos Verdes, loosely translated as the “green trees,” looks out on to the Pacific Ocean over rugged cliffs and a rocky shoreline.

First we stopped for a picnic lunch at Point Vicente Park between the Interpretive Center and the Lighthouse. It was very pleasant eating sandwiches under the trees and watching the pelicans flying across the water in search of their own lunch.


It was a beautiful day and as we drove up to the park we remarked that Santa Catalina Island looked close enough to walk over there. At that point the distance is approximately 20 miles  (32 km). Long distance swimmers usually pick that spot to swim over to the island. In fact, Steven Robles, who was attacked by a shark last week further up the coast, swam that route last year.


After our picnic we drove a couple of miles to the chapel. Designed by architect Lloyd Wright, the chapel is nestled amongst Redwoods and Italian Stone Pines. Made mostly of glass, it has spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. It was completed in 1951.


From the Wayfarers Chapel website: The mission of the Chapel is to nurture the spiritual journey of wayfarers. A church without a membership that welcomes people of all faiths.



Palos Verdes is about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles… but it could be another country. Whenever I am driving along Palos Verdes Drive on a lovely sunny Southern California day, I always think of my trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Of course, I love downtown LA too, and as I have said many times before, it is this diversity that makes me feel fortunate to live here.



Native California plants and trees are planted throughout the grounds, although not necessarily Southern California.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

2 thoughts on “Wayfarers Chapel in the green trees

  1. What a beautiful architecture of the Wayfarers Chapel, and nestled amongst Redwoods!


  2. As you can imagine it is a favorite place for weddings!


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