There’s something extraordinary about having a place so similar to your homeland. For many Mexicans the Placita Olvera, better known as the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District, is that place. The Placita Olvera is in central Los Angeles on Olvera Street and was founded in the late 1700’s by Spanish settlers. The great thing about this particular cite is that there is as much historical importance as there is cultural importance. Today the plaza attracts people from all over the Los Angeles County for several reasons. The plaza has become a modern day Mexican Market in which people can find authentic Mexican food, music, clothing, and entertainment.
The Plaza is a great part of the Los Angeles History, as of 1953 it became recognized as a California Historic Landmark. Before the plaza became a public sensation it was the home of 11 Spanish families who lived in adobe homes. Adobe homes are constructed of natural resources such as sand, water, manure, and sticks. The town also built a church “La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles” translated to “The Church of Our Lady the Queen of Angels”. Today there is only one adobe home remaining in the plaza, the Avila Adobe. This is one of the many attractions the plaza has to offer the public, so it remains open and furnished for the public to see.
The plaza marketplace is known for the high quality of its merchandise, such as the famous Mexican leather- used for clothing items such as belts, boots, even purses! From Mexican clothing to Mexican pottery, the market has it all! The market is one of the few places who has been able to maintain the Mexican culture alive, such authenticity is hard to find. Aside from all the materials available, there are also many restaurants on Olvera Street; the variety of foods sold at these restaurants vary to accommodate the diversity of its visitors. The food variety is great; from Mexican delights such as enchiladas, mole, and tacos to classic American favorites, cheeseburgers and hotdogs.
Although the plaza has tons to offer to the public, one of its main attractions is the church La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles. Every week the church gets hundreds of request for baptisms, several masses are held every Sunday to accommodate the public. Any family who desires to have their child baptized pays a $55 fee to the church, allowing the church to maintain itself after such a long time.