El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

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125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, USA

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Worth visiting if already in the area, or waiting around Union Station Sep 12, 2016
Located in the downtown area, the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (or Los Angeles Plaza Historic District) is a historical site and open-air museum. Dating back from 1781, when the first settlement took place on Olvera Street. It would eventually grow into the city of Los Angeles.

While some people tend to think of Olvera Street and the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument as the same thing, they are really not. Olvera Street is only one small street, and the Historical Monument covers a much wider area. There is a separate review for Olvera Street itself.

In addition to Olvera Street, there are a bunch of other places to check out. There is the Old Plaza, where there are performances that happen there, that do give the place a bit of a festive feel. Plus some statues around the Plaza, of historical figures from the colonial era in California.

Also, there is the Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, also known as the La Placita Church, consisting of a church worship area and a chapel. I think the chapel is the only thing that was open when I was there. But worth a quick look, to see the golden altar. And the Garnier Building, which was part of the original Chinatown, and showcasing the diversity of this area.

There are other buildings to check out, like the Pico House and Sepulveda House. And additional museums to check out. You may want to pick up a map of the area, and tour around the area that way. Or go on one of the guided tours.

Located across the street from Union Street, it is accessible by the Metro. And a good place to kill some time, if you have a long wait until your next train or FlyAway bus. Or if you want to do something different.

I won’t say that this is a must-see, but it is a nice and sometimes festive place to check out.
Old Plaza
statue of Felipe de Neve
statue of Carlos III
Bell of Dolores
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Andy99 Andy99
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The roots of Los Angeles Oct 25, 2010
On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles (The town of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels) on a riverbank in Alta California. The settlers, an ethnically diverse group, had come from Sinaloa in Mexico, fulfilling the desire of Carlos III to establish a second Spanish settlement in the upper California frontier.

That was the founding of the city that grew into today's Los Angeles. But, the center of the old city, The Plaza, remains as the anchor of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Around the Plaza are numerous preserved and restored structures from the Spanish, Mexican, and early American periods of Los Angeles. To one side is Olvera Street. To the other, the Pico House and other American buildings built in the 1870s as the city began to grow. The Avila Adobe on Olvera Street, dating from 1818, is the oldest house in Los Angeles.

The Historical Monument is maintained by the city. Many of the structures are open with interpretive exhibits. But the area is not simply a static open-air musuem. It retains the vitality of a diverse and active community. The Plaza Church continues to be a center of the Latino community. Displays document the numerous peoples who have come to live in Los Angeles.

Olvera Street bustles with street vendors and restaurants among the historic buildings. Many visitors to Los Angeles may think of Olvera Street as a touristy place and avoid it. But it has evolved greatly since it was reimagined as a "Mexican Marketplace" in 1930. The local community takes the annual festivals celebrated on Olvera Street, including Dia de los Muertos and Las Posadas, very seriously. When viewing one of the festivals, I think you are seeing the soul of Los Angeles.

Highly recommended! Enjoy a meal at one of the Olvera Street restaurants while you are learning about LA's past.

Please see my journal entry for more photos of El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Olvera Street.
Pico House (1870) across from The …
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cotton_foam says:
Thanks for writing this review, Andy! We've been wanting to visit this place for a while now...
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013
sylvia says:
I like this place, I know it by the name of La Plazita Olvera, everytime I get there, it feels like if I were in Mexico or just south of the border!
Posted on: Sep 25, 2011
montecarlostar says:
Wow, excellent, I would like to go to this place.
Posted on: Nov 29, 2010

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