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Olvera Street and La Plaza Los Angeles

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olvera street la plaza areaForget about Hollywood and Rodeo Drive, the real Los Angeles lies elsewhere. There are so many interesting places to take out of town visitors or tourists. I always feel sorry for people who only see Hollywood or Sunset Boulevard and leave LA feeling like it was the superficial place they thought it was in the first place. And I feel sorry for my city getting such a bad rap. But the City of Angels has a rich history that not many people get to see. And it all starts at Olvera Street and La Plaza.

The photo above is on the path to Olvera Street (to the right) and La Plaza (to the left) as you cross the street from Union Station.

olvera street la plaza area

Olvera Street (originally Wine Street) represents the oldest part of Los Angeles when we were part of Mexico (after we belonged to Spain). The original pueblo was settled closer to the river but because of continual flooding the town was moved to higher ground to the west where La Plaza  (El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park) and Olvera Street are located today.

olvera street and la plaza

Colorful piñata waiting for los niños and las niñas to arrive!

olvera street and la plaza

This building houses La Iglesia Metodist (The Methodist Church) and was constructed in 1925. It is located at the entrance to Olvera Street.

Olvera Street and La Plaza

The Christmas tree… sorry, I borrowed somebody else’s family for this photo!

 Olvera Street and La Plaza

Olvera Street is always crowded this close to Christmas. Both tourists and Angelenos like to shop here for a little bit of old Mexico.

 Olvera Street and La Plaza

Olvera Street and La Plaza area

El Pueblo de Nuestra la Reina de Los Angeles, Felipe de Neve, September Fourth, 1781.

Olvera Street and La Plaza area

A kiss for Navidad (Christmas).

Click on any image below to start the slide show.

So when you come to Los Angeles you can’t miss out on the oldest part of the city. This is our beginning.

Olvera Street and La Plaza area

Olvera Street and La Plaza area

This building was almost demolished in the 1920s but due to the efforts of Christine Sterling, who promoted the idea of Olvera Street, the building was saved.

Olvera Street and La Plaza

Olvera Street and La Plaza

The Avila Adobe is built in the Spanish style with an inner courtyard.

Olvera Street and La Plaza

Another view of that tree.

 

A far cry from the freeways and glitz, Olvera Street and La Plaza are a reminder of more simple times.

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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. .

5 thoughts on “Olvera Street and La Plaza Los Angeles

  1. great place! (and great weather 🙂 )

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  3. Beautiful pictures and glorious weather – nice to see something different from our grey and wet January UK days!

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