Lake Shrine, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles

Lake Shrine 2004 - photo by Bruce Stinshoff, as his entry to the 2004 World Toy Camera Day competition

The Lake Shrine at 17190 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, CA. is a 10 acre former movie set arranged around a large spring fed lake. Amoungst the attractions of the site which was turned into a spiritual sanctuary in 1950, are statues, waterfalls, fountains, grottos, and a fake windmill which houses a chapel.

The windmill was a hang over from the movie life of the site, and in the late 1940's was sold by Mr and Mrs McElroy to an oil-company president, who occupied the windmill, and planned to turn the lake site into a resort hotel complex. After a series of vivid dreams, in which he saw the site as a "Church of All Religions", he contacted the Self-Realization Fellowship Church of All Religions in Hollywood, and eventually sold them the property.

The windmill chapel hosted George Harrison's funeral service in 2001.

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