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Old Ursuline Convent

1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
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Ranked #49 of 171 Attractions in New Orleans
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: 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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Orlando, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We made a quick stop here while waiting to go on the tour of the house across the street. We thoroughly enjoyed the convent. Very historical and interesting. The church was beautiful and quite unexpected due to the austerity of the rest of the convent. It is a short two block walk from the French Quarter and right across the... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had a great view of the convent as it was about 20 feet from our hotel and we really enjoyed it there. It was very peaceful and beautiful...one of the most well kept places in the area.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is absolutely worth a stop in. The $5 fee is well worth it. You learn a lot about the orphans and the convent but also a lot about the history of New Orleans.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We didn't realize this old church/convent was open to tour. Fee was $5 but well worth the donation. The history was very interesting. The grounds, artifacts and church are beautiful.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Beautifully historic. This is an important "must see" when visiting New Orleans. Rich history of the Ursuline nuns and the original settlement of New Orleans. Building is very significant.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

There is a great deal of history in this convent. If you do a little research about the convent before you visit, it would be helpful. There are actually three buildings; built at different times. It was used by the nuns as a residence, orphanage, school, infirmary and later it was converted to the bishop's residence. There are beautiful french... More

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Bulverde, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

However, I enjoyed it even though I am not! There are no formal docents in this attraction, however the women and men who volunteer are happy to share information and give you inside details about the convent and the nuns who lived there. This place is steeped in history! Be sure to ask the gift shop attendants what the exhibit... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

It appears that the convent does not get as much foot traffic as some of the larger churches in the area, so it was nice to have a quiet and peaceful tour of the convent. We were just entering the chapel as the docent was leading a small group out of the chapel. We never caught up with them but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Beautiful church with lots of history involved with the early town of New Orleans. The nuns helped the townsfolk in many situations of need from fending to sick during outbreaks to helping construction of the aqueducts. Very lovely gardens and enjoy walking around for a hour or so. Learned of this on a carriage ride so went to visit afterwards.... More

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

First heard of Old Ursuline Convent from Vampire tour. Had to go back in the daytime during open hours. Had a great exhibit, and the courtyard in the back was nice. So bummed we didn't get to go upstairs! So beautiful inside with a lot of great historical stories.

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