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Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles
Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles
A photograph of the "Plaza Church" taken by William Henry Jackson between 1890–1900. The structure incorporated a four-bell campanario, or "bell wall" prior to being rebuilt in 1861.[1]
Location Los Angeles, California
Name as Founded Nuestra Señora 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
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
California Historical Landmark #144

La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles[2] (The Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels) is a Catholic church founded on August 18, 1814 by Fray Luis Gil y Taboada who placed the cornerstone of a new church amidst the ruins of the former "sub-mission," the Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles Asistencia to serve the local pobladores (settlers). The completed structure was dedicated on December 8, 1822.[3] A replacement chapel, named for Mary, mother of Jesus (La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, or "The Church of Our Lady of the Angels") was rebuilt utilizing materials of the original church in 1861; Reina, meaning "Queen," was added later.[4] For years the little chapel, which collected the nicknames "La Placita" and "Plaza Church," served as the sole Roman Catholic church in Los Angeles.

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

It was designated one of the first three Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in 1962,[5] and has been designated as a California Historical Landmark,#144.

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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. ^ California Mission Studies Association
  3. ^ Ruscin, p. 49.
  4. ^ Ruscin, p. 50.
  5. ^ Los Angeles Department of City Planning (September 7, 2007) (PDF), Historic - Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments, City of Los Angeles, http://www.cityprojectca.org/ourwork/documents/HCMDatabase090707.pdf, retrieved 2008-05-29  
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