The Pueblo neighborhood is the oldest in Los Angeles, and efforts have been made to retain the original architecture, with much of the area protected as a national monument. The center is a plaza that serves as a meeting place for many cultural celebrations, and is home to three statues important to the founding of Los Angeles: King Carlos III of Spain; Felipe de Neve, the Spanish Governor of the the Californias; and Junipero Serra, the founder of the California missions. Olvera Street, one of the city’s oldest streets, is now a colorful and festive marketplace catering to tourists who want a taste of Mexican culture. School children often are brought here on field trips.

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