Spanish missionaries founded the Ciudad de Los Angeles in 1871 at Olvera Street. Today this area is known as Little Mexico. To the south you will find the Financial District with the skyscrapers of Downtown. The nearby City Hall is a major Landmark of Los Angeles..
The Hollywood Sign was erected in 1923 as an advertising signpost of the housing project Hollywoodland. In 1949 the letters "LAND" were removed. The letters are 14 m / 42 feet high and about 137 m / 410 feet long. Today the Hollywood Sign is the hallmark of Los Angeles.
The "Griffith Observatory" was built in 1935 on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. Colonel Griffith donated the land of the park to the city of Los Angeles and financed additional buildings in the park. From the observation plattform you will have a fantastic view on the city.
The "Walt Disney Concert Hall" was designed by Frank O. Gehry for the Philharmonic Orchestra, the building was opened to the public in 2003. The architecture, with wildly curved steel elements, is the hallmark of the famous architect from Santa Monica. Gehry became famous with his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain.
Buildings by Gehry:
The stadium for 115,000 spectators was built in 1922. The Olympic Games of 1932 and 1984 were held in the "Memorial Coliseum". The first "Super Bowl" in America Football took place here in 1967.
The pier was built in 1909 as a sewage pipeline into the sea. The "Santa Monica Pier" was extended in 1918 to built a roller coaster and became an amusement park. In 1983 the pier was destroyed and rebuilt in 1990. The historic Route 66 ends at the "Santa Monica Pier".
The Boardwalk of Venice Beach is the stage of freaky people, California Girls, bodybuilders and street performers. Many shops and restaurants make Venice Beach a popular destination.
Welcome to Los Angeles
The film metropolis Los Angeles is situated in a dry plain between high mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The city of Los Angeles has about 3.7 million inhabitants, in the metropolitain area live about 12 million people. Many suburbs of Los Aangeles are fames themselves such as Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Paramount, Anaheim, Malibu and Santa Monica. The most famous district of Los Angeles is "Hollywood". The skyline is located in the financial district in Downtown Los Angeles. Close to the historic center of Los Angeles are "Little Mexico", "Chinatown" and "Little Tokyo".