La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles

La Iglesia de 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]
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 The Church of 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
Reference no. #144
Reference no. 3[2]

La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,[3] (The Church of Our Lady Queen of the Angels), is a historic Roman Catholic church in El Pueblo de los Ángeles Historical Monument in northern downtown Los Angeles, California, United States. The church was founded by the Spanish in the early 19th century when modern-day California was under Spanish rule and known as Alta California in the Viceroyalty of New Spain.


La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles ("The Church of Our Lady Queen of the Angels") 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 Los Angeles.

20th century

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]

21st century

The church is a part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and serves as a neighborhood parish church, as well as a very important cultural landmark. Since the 1960s it has been carefully retrofitted against earthquakes, something the original friars knew nothing about, like many other old California missions. Masses are said in Spanish as well as English for the large Hispanic community in Los Angeles.

See also


  • Miller, Henry and Harry Knill (ed.) (2000). California Missions: The Earliest Series of Views Made in 1856. Bellerophon Books, Santa Barbara, CA. ISBN 0-88388-119-5. 
  • Ruscin, Terry (1999). Mission Memoirs. Sunbelt Publications, San Diego, CA. ISBN 0-932653-30-8. 
  • "Directory for Missions and other Hispanic Sites". California Mission Studies Association. Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 


  1. Miller and Knill, p. 1
  2. 1 2 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
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