The famed Mexican Marketplace with its colorful old world feel was created in 1933 as a way to preserve the surrounding historic buildings, including the oldest structure in Los Angeles, the Avila Adobe ranch house, now squeezed between a couple later brick buildings halfway down Olvera Street.
Olvera Street is conveniently located across the street from LA's historic Union Station, so it's easily reached by public transportation. Parking in the immediate area can be quite expensive, but their are less pricey options across North Spring Street in Chinatown.
Click through the photos to take a virtual walking tour of the attractions at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.
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