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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

425 Basin Street, 3421 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
504-596-3050
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Ranked #23 of 171 attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Cemeteries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Founded in 1789, this cemetery is the oldest in New Orleans and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

We booked this trip via the save our cemeteries group. The tour guide was very knowledgeable talking about the history of the cemetery. I've always wanted to take a tour of the cemeteries in NO because of the above ground burial practices. I learned so much when visiting this place. Many famous people are interred here and the tour guide... More

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Pensacola, Florida
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Very hot! We went on our own because we didn't want to be locked into a guided tour. We didn't have time to see everything but it was very interesting. Would love to go back again and spend more time when it's cooler outside.

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Lake Wales, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

There's allot to be learned from the history here. If not for nothing it's just creepy walking around a bunch of above ground crypts. Don't forget to visit the voodoo queen's crypt. You can't miss it, just look for all the xxx's. :)

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

I was on a tour and our guide gave us the in's and outs of the history of St. Louis Cemetery. I found the information to be quite interesting regarding residents burial rights as this aspect just as important of life itself.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

First of all - know that their hours are very short. 10:30 or so until only 3pm. As said by many, this is the cemetery that holds the famous (infamous?) VooDoo Queen Marie Levaeu, and the pyramid that Nic Cage will be buried in. It's neat to see, especially because it was free, but once I saw those two things... More

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canada
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137 reviews 137 reviews
58 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

This is an historic and humbling experience, do it yourself, take some time and dont forget to visit Marie Levaeu.....the Voodoo Queen.

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We rode the Hop On Hop Off bus to Cemetery #1, then took a tour with Nate. It was informative and interesting with lots of details you wouldn't get from a history book. Nate was very theatrical and entertaining. We paid $20 each, which I thought was a little much.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit, preferably on your own or as part of an organized tour. Small enough to walk around, to get a taste of what the other larger cemetries may have to offer. To pay respects to the departed, from Marie Catherine Laveau, and other tombs (enscribed with masonic symbolism) of those entrepreneurs who formed New Orleans into the... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

The tour we took of this cemetery (Save our cemeteries) was great, unfortunately the cemetery is in much need of extensive repair and some loving care. The cemetery is owned by the church and they don't allow Save Our Cemeteries to do much in they way of repair to the crumbling tombs. In some areas the church had done it's... More

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Hull
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW via mobile

In my opinion this was the best cemetery in New Orleans. The tomb of Marie Laveau, Nic Cage, and many other historical people are buried here. The cemetery is not kept up very well but I think that adds to the spookiness. I wouldn't recommend paying the $25 per person tour. You can google the history and walk to the... More

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