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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 #24 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Visiting a historic, above ground cemetery was on the "to do" list for my husband and me on our first trip to New Orleans. We chose St. Louis Cemetery #1 because it is the oldest and was within reasonable walking distance from our French Quarter hotel. We arrived at 9:00 a.m. just as the cemetery opened and spent almost an... More

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This cemetery was quite the distance from my hotel but a made a point to visit it. It was interesting to find out that the cemetery use to be twice the size but graves were moved to accommodate the growing city. This is where the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is buried. The actor Nicolas Cage also has a his tomb... More

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Keokuk, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We did the Hop on Hop off bus tour and it is across the street from Cemetery #1. We walked over after the bus tour and walked through on our own with no tour/guide. It is a very old Cemetery as such there are some crypts in very poor condition and others that have perpetual care and look brand new.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I would recommend visiting the cemetery while being on a tour, there are only few graves that are worth visiting. On a tour you will receive a background of the graves that are worth mentioning, something that you might not get if you walk around by yourself. David Holder of Good Old Days Buggies stops here on the 1 hour... More

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Hialeah, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Along with Nicolas Cage and the Queen of Voodoo, you'll find a ton of 1800s overground tombs and a surprise used condom here and there. The cemetary is in not a great neighborhood and does close at 3pm. Be prepared to bring hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas. No shade and please keep hydrated. The new Orleans heat is surreal.. RIP.

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seattlelover317
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Being from the North, it is very interesting to us that people in New Orleans have to be buried above ground. The cemeteries are beautiful and full of great stories. Definitely check out St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 which is across the street from a terrific museum about the city of New Orleans (sorry I don't remember the exact name)... More

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It was very hot the day we took a tour here but im glad we did it anyway great info and just interesting to here the history

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Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Amazing history. Very unique setting- not to miss. The roads between the crypts are not easy to maneuver-be sure to watch where you walk.

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shawnt90
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This place is awesome from voodoo priestess Marie Laveau to Nicolas Cage's pyramid.. We read that it was not a safe area due to some project housing right next to it but that is 100% vacant and mostly knocked down

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We took a tour to the oldest cemeteries in New Orleans. It was monuments were very decorative and interesting. One of the Voodoo Priest's gravesite's was being repaired. It had XXX's all over it. We saw Nicholas Cage's pyramid tomb, that he has prepared just in case. It looks like Hurricane Katrina really hurt this place. I was a nice... More

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