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The neighborhood of Los Angeles (formerly called the Jimena de la Frontera Railway Station , or simply Jimena Station ) is a hamlet of the Spanish municipality of Jimena de la Frontera ( province of Cádiz , Andalusia ). It is located two kilometers southeast of the main core of the municipality and its population in 2011 was 2,234 inhabitants.

HISTORY

The district receives the name of the patron of Jimena de la Frontera, Our Lady of Los Angeles . Its beginnings date back to the year 1890 , in which a railway station was established outside of Jimena, which continues to exist today. Life in Los Angeles has always been linked to the railroad.

MONUMENTS

The neighborhood of Los Angeles has hardly monumental heritage, being a relatively new population nucleus, since it has not more than one hundred years of history.

The only important monument in the nucleus is the Shrine of Our Lady of the Angels, where the patron saint of Jimena de la Frontera, Our Lady the Queen of Angels, which gives name to this district of the municipality.

It was built at the end of the 15th century and reformed during the 17th century. It housed a community of Franciscans and after the capture of Gibraltar by the English, it served as a refuge for the nuns of Santa Clara who fled from the rock.

The church of the sanctuary consists of a single nave covered with barrel vault and lunettes, which leads to the main chapel and is closed by a dome on trumpets and high choir at the foot. The sacristy and the cloister are remarkable, with a square floor plan with arcades and brick pillars, with a garden in the center.

The dressing room of the Virgin is of Baroque style and its image, in polychrome stone, seems very primitive. As in most Marian images, the tradition says that it was carved by St. Luke and brought from Antioch to Spain in 190 AD. C.

In the urban core of Los Angeles, the Cultural Center "Reina Sofía" is located, a great center of leisure and culture.

It is the nerve center of cultural, educational, informative, social and civic participation activities in the core of Los Angeles. The offices of the Mayor's Office are located there, but other services are also offered, such as the Public Library, the computer room, the youth room, multi-purpose rooms, spaces for associations of various kinds, the Consumer Office, the nursing module, the home for pensioners, auditorium and bar-cafeteria.

Its auditorium is used for the development of talks, concerts, meetings, performances ... and, even, its corridors make the times, sometimes, of exhibition halls.

You can make sure that practically all the social and cultural life of the nucleus and a good part of the municipality passes through here. Among the activities that are being carried out in this center include: Computer courses, local encounter of crafts, Gymkhana of popular games, volunteer Jimena Solidaria, temporary exhibitions, summer workshops, children's leisure activities, animation and theater for school children, concerts, Mycological days of Jimena ...

During the first weekend of September, the celebrations of Our Lady, the Queen of Angels, patron saint of Jimena de la Frontera, take place in the heart of Los Angeles.

During the four days of the festival, numerous attractions and booths are installed in the Real de la Feria. Although the central axis of these celebrations are the competitions and popular games that center good part of the program of activities of the Ninth. Dominoes, petanque and chess tournaments are organized. There is also the local futsal league, the children's games of bicycle racing, sack races and cucañas, and the Milla Urbana Míchigan, one of the most popular popular athletic events in the Campo de Gibraltar region. To close the long program of activities of these festivals, throughout the whole of Sunday, the contest of Typical Dishes of the Ninth was held since 1978, where dozens of typical dishes of the area are exhibited, followed by the solemn procession of Ours Lady the Queen of the Angels, patron of Jimena de la Frontera, accompanied by thousands of devotees from all the Campo de Gibraltar region.

The Flamenco Festival of the Estación de Jimena is one of the most veteran flamenco events both in the Campo de Gibraltar region and in the province of Cádiz. The Flemish event is celebrated during the festivities of the Novena to the patron, completing the long program of activities that take place during these festivities.

This festival has been performed continuously since 1982. During these more than 30 years of history of the Los Angeles Flamenco Festival, the most renowned flamenco singers and flamenco dancers of the national and provincial panorama have passed through its stages.

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