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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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Description: Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous...
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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Interesting historic site

Worthwhile stop to make, especially to escape the summer heat. It is the oldest building of its type in the US. Friendly free tour guide.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Worthwhile stop to make, especially to escape the summer heat. It is the oldest building of its type in the US. Friendly free tour guide.

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Memphis TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Beautiful old building includes a wonderful garden, convent, and St Mary's church. Staff is quite knowledgeable and generous with history and tips. It was amazing to see, up close, the stairs going up to the orphanage sleeping rooms on the second floor. Each step was worn and indented in the center, where 100 years ago those poor little kids went... More 

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Gladstone, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This was a well spent $5 for the tour! You can do the self-guided tour or have a tour guide. We chose the guide who provided so much more history that the self-guided tour would have. We learned so much about the history of the Catholic church in New Orleans, and the history of New Orleans in general. The chapel... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Full disclosure up front, my wife and I are both Catholic, so the Old Ursuline Convent Tour was a natural for us (also right across the street from the Frances Keyes House) since we were having a "tour" morning. This is suppose to be mostly a self guided tour but we felt fortunate to have a volunteer who was more... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The woman manning the ticket booth clearly told me that I would not see the sisters' or students' living quarters or classrooms. There is an historic stairway inside and a lovely chapel, while not original, it is still quite old. There is an exhibit that provides the history of the sisters' arrival and early days in New Orleans.There is an... More 

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Lerna, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I recommend you take the time to walk around the area of the Ursuline Convent (at the very least). The historical building has an interesting story. There are several great books that would add to your experience.

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Moulton, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The inside does not look old at all, they have a staircase that is antique and has some very interesting history but I was hoping to see something that resembled a convent.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Great site for those interested in religious sites, history, and pretty architecture and small gardens. My wife and I came for the bicential in January of the battle of New Orleans. They had some new interesting exhibits about Andrew Jackson and the convent. The convent itself was very picture on the outside and in. In the back, the staff shared... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went there for a wedding it was a beautiful building. I had no idea about the history of the the convent. Worth the tour and very close to everything in the French Quarter.

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Jesup, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This convent is a little off the beaten path in the French Quarter, but it is worth finding. It is very serene and reverent. It is also gorgeous. All of the staff here are friendly and welcoming. It won't take more than an hour or two to see this. You'll be glad that you took the time.

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Additional Information about Old Ursuline Convent

Address: 1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 504-529-3040
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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