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Old Ursuline Convent

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Address: 1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 504-529-3040
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Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters...

Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters of Ursula, among the female pioneers of New Orleans.

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Great old building.

I mainly wanted to go through this museum just to be able to see inside the old building. It was definitely worth seeing. The museum basically covers the history of the Ursulines... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Peyton M
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Benton, Arkansas, United States

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Benton, Arkansas, United States
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I mainly wanted to go through this museum just to be able to see inside the old building. It was definitely worth seeing. The museum basically covers the history of the Ursulines and Catholicism in general in the NOLA area, which is not of particular interest to me. There was a fellow inside who was very knowledgeable about NOLA history... More 

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alma, mi
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54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are a number of historical sights to see in New Orleans, but I found this interesting (even though I have no real religious connection). It helps you understand what these young nuns went through to come here and create what they did.

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Thank zenmusic
Memphis TN
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of the Catholic orphanage here combined with access to St. Mary's Cathedral is a moving experience.

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This oldest building in New Orleans provides a great overview of how the sisters of the Ursuline Convent did help with education and care for the less fortunate in the early years of New Orleans. The story of the two miracles and the large number of people that walked those hallways that got recognized by the church during and after... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Go through here and capture the rich spiritual history of America. Through this place and history you will get to know and understand how God helped make this country great. You will see old structures and get the stories of those who built them and worked in them and worked for the people of this area. If you love beautiful... More 

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Beach Lake, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

My husband and I passed the convent several times while visiting New Orleans and thought it was just another convent. Were we wrong! It's the oldest building in the lower Mississippi River area. The history of the place will surprise and impress you. And the ladies who volunteer there are very informative. We went there on our last morning in... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This tour was very interesting with the religious aspects of the convent. There are no tour guides, but the ladies that were volunteering were a wealth of information. Without them stepping in an talking with us, the tour would not have been good. They had a wealth of information and made it come to life for us. Be sure to... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

I think everyone should experience this quaint and historical place. It is run by really nice people who really want to tell you all kinds of factual stories of New Orleans. A final read and every room with antiques and pictures galore. Also check out the gift shop where you buy tickets that, it has some great jewelry and fun... More 

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Berwick, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Enjoyed walking through the convent and gave a nice glimpse into the past. It's a self guided tour, but the docent was very knowledgeable and loved to share what she knew. The chapel is beautiful.

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Thank John S
waterloo iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

There is a lot of history in this facility since it was one of only two buildings that survived the fire that burnt New Orleans to the ground.

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