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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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New Orleans Architectural and Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

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Interesting to say the least

This was one of our stops while on a carriage ride tour. I was truly amazed at the history that comes along with this cemetery. Our guide knew a lot of little tid bits that added... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

This was one of our stops while on a carriage ride tour. I was truly amazed at the history that comes along with this cemetery. Our guide knew a lot of little tid bits that added to the history lesson. The graves were unique in their own right. This is nothing like you would expect from cemeteries. I would recommend... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

I went with friends on the last weekend of February. Unfortunately, beginning March 1st, you can only enter with a licensed tour company. While I'm sure that will give you a more informed perspective and provide interesting background, I liked being able to wander around by myself unencumbered. The place is just as it looks in the pictures: with newer... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

As of March 1st this attraction is no longer open to the general public, taking a tour is the only way to get in. However, Cemetery No. 2 and 3 remain open just up the road.

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San antonio TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We hopped of the tour bus and walked around here. It was interesting, but it might have been more so if we were with a tour and knew what we were looking at. As of March 1 you can't get in unless you pay a tour company to take you in (city thing, trying to cut down on vandalism, etc.).... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

couldnt wait to see this cemetary. Ready a whole bunch of interesting stuff about it on the net. So in the rain i walked down from Chartres street and made it my first stop. There was a man that worked for the cemetary i guess and saw that sign said the gates open at nine but he told us it... More 

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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We had originally planned a group tour with Save Our Cemeteries. We decided to go it alone, which was fine. However, it is sad to see such disrepair and I almost wish we had paid to help the place out!! I would take all advice about not visiting here alone or after dark. It is close quarters in there and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Visited this cemetery with "Tours by Foot" and really enjoyed the historical information presented. The cemetery is beautiful, steeped in mystery and religion. Interesting to learn about how New Orleans has buried its dead in the past, and still does. Wouldn't want to get locked in at night though. No thanks!

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Midland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Super eerie, but I enjoyed it. My group did not do a tour, and I really wish we would have. We walked past several tours and they all seemed very informative and interesting. I highly recommend doing a tour if you are wanting to get the most out of your experience.

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Chalmers, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Being from Indiana this is definitely a unique experience. Cemetery's are not usually on our stop of site seeing destinations. But seeing the way they bury their dead here in New Orleans was enlightening. It is a good way to spend an hour of just quietly walking amongst these tombs. This is a stark and somber place. But we found... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is the cemetery where Marie Laveau and Dr. John are buried. It is interesting to see their graves, I believe Marie Laveau's tomb was recently cleaned up do to all the people leaving marks on the tombs. Dr. John's tomb is still covered in marks and has lots of offerings in front of it. However, please don't leave marks... More 

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