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Olvera Street, probably in the 1920s


Los Angeles' first Catholic church

An 1880 photo of Los Angeles first Catholic church, Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Ángeles (literally “Our Lady Queen of the Angels”), built to serve the first Spanish community who settled near the Los Angeles River in 1781. Today it is known as La Placita Church for its location in the original plaza of the pueblo.

The Plaza in 1869


The oldest building in Los Angeles

A photo of the Avila Adobe, the oldest building in Los Angeles, located in Olvera Street. In the 19th century Los Angeles rapidly grew from a small farmers' village to a large city and urban planners were about to destroy its most ancient part. The villa was built in 1818 by Spanish soldier Cornelio Olvera.

Olvera Street


Church in Old Plaza, Olvera Street


Inscription on historical monument

Inscription about the founding of Spanish colonial Pueblo de Los Angeles in 1781.

La Placita Church today


Olvera Street shopping

Today, Olvera Street is home to a Mexican-style open air market where visitors can discover LA’s oldest roots.

Olivera Street Plaza


Music of Olvera Street


The marketplace at Olvera Street


Olvera Street is a favorite spot for Mexican food.


Olvera Street Historic District


Olvera Street on All Souls Day

El Dia de los Muertos brings people of all ages and backgrounds to Olvera Street to honor the beloved dead with music, sweet treats, and ofrendas (decorated family altars).

Musicians performing at the Plaza


Olvera Street marketplace


Olvera Street on El Dia De La Virgen de Guadalupe

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