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Old Ursuline Convent

1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
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Ranked #49 of 172 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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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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