Statues

 King Carlos III Statue

Carlos III of Spain

Presented in 1976 in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of American independence, the 10'H, 2.5 ton statue of King Carlos III of Spain stands on the east side of the Plaza. The statue depicts the king who ordered the founding of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles in 1781 as a 45-year-old commander-in-chief, holding a baton and wearing a suit of armor with an embellished sash. King and Queen of Spain, Don Juan Carlos I and Dona Sofia dedicated the statue in the Plaza on September 30, 1987.

 

 Father Serra Statue

Father Serra by Ettore Cadorin

Nearly nine feet tall, the bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra, father of the California Missions, stands on the south side of Los Angeles Street between Aliso and Alameda Streets in Father Serra park. Commissioned by the Knights of Columbus in 1934, it is a replica of the original statue which is housed in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.

 Felipe de Neve Statue

Felipe de Neve by Henry Lion

Commissioned by the Native Daughters of the Golden West in 1931, artist Henry Lion sculpted the bronze statue of Felipe de Neve, the first governor of the Californias and founder of pueblos San Jose and Los Angeles. Since no portrait of Felipe de Neve is known to exist, the statue, which stands on the west side of the Plaza circle, offers a romanticized portrayal of de Neve as a bold and fearless leader dressed in high boots and a cape.

 The Bell of Dolores

The Bell of Dolores

Located at the Placita de Dolores on North Alameda Street, the Bell of Dolores is a replica of the bell rung by Father Miguel Hidalgo in Mexico, on September 16, 1830, to summon his patriots to arms and signifying the beginning of Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain. The bell was presented to the City of Los Angeles by the Republic of Mexico in 1968.


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