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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

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Address: 425 Basin Street, 3421 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone Number: 504-596-3050
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Founded in 1789, this cemetery is the oldest in New Orleans and is listed...
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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Take water and be prepared - it's HOT in here

Rather than just repeat other reviews here's a tip. This place, for obvious reasons, was designed to retain the NO heat of summer. The temperature, apparently, inside the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Rather than just repeat other reviews here's a tip. This place, for obvious reasons, was designed to retain the NO heat of summer. The temperature, apparently, inside the residential apartments can reach 600 degrees. So - prepare for your guided tour - you'll likely spend about an hour here. Take sun-screen, water and maybe something to mop up perspiration. Resign... More 

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Montgomery
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We booked our tour directly, in the Basin St. Station. We got there just in time, since the tour was starting in 5-10 minutes. Our tour guide was AWESOME (wish I could remember his name), but he was VERY knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. The tour through the cemetery was eerie, and architectural amazing. There are so many different... More 

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We went on the tour of St. Louis cemetery #1 with free tours by foot and it was fantastic. A must-see if you are in New Orleans. We had to pay $2 because they do not allow unguided tours anymore but it was completely worth it. Our guide knew so much anout the history of the cemeteries and burials. It... More 

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Crestwood, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Trevor was our tour guide, through Haunted History Tours. He was very knowledgeable about everything in the cemetery. I won't ruin the tour for you, you have to go!!!! It is truly amazing!! You have to be on a tour to go in there because people were vandalizing the gravestones.

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Tonawanda, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We booked our tour via Free Tours by Foot. It cost $2.00 per person to reserve a place on the tour and at the end, you can pay the guide what you feel the tour was worth. We met at the Deja Vu Restaurant in the French Quarter. Our tour guide was a native of New Orleans and knew much... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

It is now required to be on a tour to enter the cemetery due to vandalization of the tombs. This tour is very worth the price. After a brief air conditioned van ride to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 our guide Stacey shared a ton of history and back stories of this very old cemetery and some of the people... More 

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Harviell, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is one of those tours you HAVE to do once in your life! Very informative and interesting. Libby, with Grayline, was a good guide--animated, knowledgeable, very enjoyable. We really learned some pretty amazing things about the burial rituals and procedures of New Orleans cemeteries. I do, however, wish this tour would have visited more than just the one cemetery.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Walked there. A very rude man at the gate said guided tours only, for a fee. What you might expect in less civilised places than the USA. Walked on. What a disgrace.

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Teaneck, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Due to graverobbers (yes, even today), this cemetery is now only open to people who bring a licensed tour guide. We went with the voodoo bone lady and the tour was spectacular. The history is fascinating. The way mutiple bodies are buried in the same tomb is incredible. The natural process of the bodies turning to ash in the tombs... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

As a travel photographer (among other things), I have always wanted to wander through the historic cemeteries of New Orleans. The first time I tried was too soon after Hurricane Katrina and many vaults and crypts were damaged or missing so the areas were closed. This time there is a lot of construction going on behind them and it appears... More 

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