La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles— the Church of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels, also called La Placita— is the descendant of the asistencia, the “sub-mission” church that served the 18th-century founders of Los Angeles. Located on the historic plaza of El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles, this chapel was dedicated in 1861. It was built from materials recycled from an 1822 church that was built on ruins of the original asistencia. Even though it’s not the original church, it is the oldest building in Los Angeles still used for its original purpose.
I visited the park on the weekend of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is a holiday in Mexico celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe, their national religious icon. The Mexican community in Los Angeles marked the holiday with a fiesta in the plaza, which included a visit to the historic chapel to venerate the Virgin.