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St. Louis Cathedral

615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)
504-525-9585
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As featured in New Orleans on a budget
Ranked #33 of 178 Activities in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The major landmark of the French Quarter is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the U.S.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Coral Springs, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We dropped in for a short visit. I love cathedrals, and you could really feel the power in this one. It took me a few minutes to just get beyond that feeling. We sat in the pews, lit a few candles and just marveled at the architecture.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were walking around the French Quarter and Jackson Square when we finally caught a glimpse of the cathedral. We weren't sure if there were tours or anything but decided to go inside to see what it looked like. First of all, it is gorgeous inside and out! We were very pleased to find an older gentleman... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful cathedral. A must see while visiting Nola. That area is just a fun cool spot. Make sure to check out the grounds and walk around. At night the Jesus is light up and the huge shadow reflects off the church, very cool. I went in, lit a candle and sat in a pew and said a... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We went to Sunday Mass and it was lovely. The cathedral is absolutely beautiful and so well maintained. They have a little bookstore that is definitely worth a visit. We had a special treat that the Archbishop said Mass. The choir/music is fabulous.

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New York City, New York
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120 reviews 120 reviews
35 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I want to share that the mass we attended at the Cathedral was absolutely inspiring. The music during the mass made the celebration more meaningful. The cantor had a strong and beautiful voice. The homilist (sorry I didn't get the priest's name) gave a nourishing homily. There was confession before the 5 pm mass, it was the Rector himself who... More

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Montreal, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is a very beautiful church. The stained glass is beautiful. It is a church and you need to visit when there is no mass. Make sure to go around to the back to the church. There's a statue of Jesus. If you go at night, the statue is illuminated and casts a shadow of Jesus on the church. It's... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It does not take long to enter this church where an escape from the busy-ness of the street and Jackson Square can be a welcome relief. The stain glass windows, the paintings and other artistic representations of the Christian religion are beautifully done. The Cathedral itself is well maintained. Tours are available.

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Quebec
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Stopped there on a very warm day while walking around the French Quarter. There was a service in progress so we sat and enjoyed it. I am not a religious person but I enjoyed the experience. This is beautiful church and I won't lie, the a/c felt nice. It is wroth seeing inside and out!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We love visiting churches, cathedrals, basilicas, and chapels. This one was no disappointment. We had a good time sitting in the pews, trying to identify the Saints and Bible stories represented in the beautiful paintings on the ceilings. It is a nice, peaceful stop to rest from all of the walking a visit to the French Quarter requires.

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Enjoyed the quiet and respectful atmosphere. More information in the form of a pamphlet to tell us about the history would have been helpful.

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