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Old Ursuline Convent

1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
504-529-3040
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Ranked #56 of 174 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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San Diego
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

CLOSED UNTIL 10/10 We were really looking forward to seeing the convent but unfortunately the museum displays are being changed and they are closed for now. We did manage to take a ghost tour later in the evening and did get some good history of the building and unsolved happenings.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is one of the few buildings to survive the many fires in early New Orleans and has the history of the nursing, educating nuns attached to it. Has odd hours, so call before you try to go. The church next door is beautiful. Also, odd hours.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I took my visiting family there, people who were interested in religious topics. Found that the second floor was closed to the public and that the tour, while informative was not as detailed as I expected. The guide was nice but the stories told lacked depth and connectivity. At $5 it is still worth the trip in that it is... More

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Orlando, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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