La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles

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Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles
Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles
A photograph of the "Plaza Church" taken by William Henry Jackson between 1890 and 1900. The structure incorporated a four-bell campanario ("bell wall") prior to being rebuilt in 1861.[1]
La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles is located in Los Angeles
La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles
Location in Central Los Angeles
Location Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°03′25″N 118°14′22″W / 34.05698°N 118.23939°W / 34.05698; -118.23939Coordinates: 34°03′25″N 118°14′22″W / 34.05698°N 118.23939°W / 34.05698; -118.23939
Name as founded Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles
English translation Our Lady Queen of the Angels
Patron Mary, mother of Jesus
Founding date August 18, 1814
Founding priest(s) Father Luis Gíl y Taboada
Governing body Roman Catholic Church
Current use Parish Church
California Historical Landmark
CHISL # #144
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument
LAHCM # 3[2]

La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles,[3] or The Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, is a historic Catholic church in the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District in northern downtown Los Angeles, California.


The 'Church of Los Angeles' was founded on August 18, 1814 by Franciscan Fray Luis Gil y Taboada. He placed the cornerstone for the new church in the adobe ruins of the original "sub-station mission" here, the Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles Asistencia (founded 1784), thirty years after it was established to serve the settlement founding Los Angeles Pobladores (original settlers). The completed new structure was dedicated on December 8, 1822.[4] A replacement chapel, named La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles - for Mary, mother of Jesus or "The Church of Our Lady of the Angels" - was rebuilt using materials of the original church in 1861. The title Reina, meaning "Queen," was added later to the name.[5] For years, the little chapel, which collected the nicknames "La Placita" and "Plaza Church," served as the sole Roman Catholic church in emerging immigrant Los Angeles.

20th century[edit]

The facility has operated under the auspices of the Claretian Missionary Fathers since 1908.

The building was designated as one of the first three Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in 1962.[2] It has also been designated as a California Historical Landmark.[6]

Recent news[edit]

During the 1980s, the church called itself a sanctuary for refugees threatened with deportation to El Salvador. The sanctuary movement continues: On August 19, 2007, immigration activist Elvira Arellano was arrested outside the church and later deported to Mexico.


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  1. ^ Miller and Knill, p. 1
  2. ^ a b Los Angeles Department of City Planning (September 7, 2007). Historic - Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments (PDF). City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  3. ^ California Mission Studies Association
  4. ^ Ruscin, p. 49.
  5. ^ Ruscin, p. 50.
  6. ^ #144 California Historical Landmark