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Old Ursuline Convent

1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
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Ranked #51 of 166 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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159 reviews 159 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

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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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Mostly well worth the $9 (senior rate) admission fee. The docent gave us a very informative account of the Battle of New Orleans and the role played by the nuns during and after the battle. The church is beautiful and well worth looking at. The other rooms formerly part of the convent are housing an exhibition about the Life and... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

we stopped by the Convent as we wanted to compare this to the one we had seen in Quebec City last summer. The grounds were beautiful and the building was interesting especially when a docent was showing us around and explaining each of the rooms. The most memorable part though was an exhibit that they have at present with respect... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Our guide told tales of vampires sealed in the attic with silver nails blessed by the pope. I'm not sure about all of that but the building was beautiful from the outside at night. We would go back for an inside tour if we're ever back in New Orleans.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Lots of history here. Make sure you visit the herb gardenn & if you can go into the church, ask guide to point of Battle of New Orleans stained glass window.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We paid the $10 per person to tour the old convent. When we got in we were able to go into the chapel. There was a movie playing that told about an Arch Diocese who had served at the convent and later was the Arch Diocese of DC. There were four other rooms we could tour and all of them... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is a self guided museum of the former Ursuline Convent. There isn't much information past specific Church held deeds and land records. The church itself is beautiful and warrants the visit. However, don't expect much from the museum side as its rather sparse and uninformative.

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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Great exhibition explaining the life of one of New Orleans' most beloved Archbishops. Based on his autobiography. Along with the tour (very reasonable entrance fee), one gets to see the oldest building in the old Louisiana Territory. Great docent available. Use one if there. And we were most fortunate to see a Jazz funeral march pass by heading to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Beautiful buildings, lots of historical significance...worth a visit...the adjacent church is full of beautiful art and architecture

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