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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Address: 425 Basin Street, 3421 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone Number: 504-596-3050
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Ranked #24 of 192 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Founded in 1789, this cemetery is the oldest in New Orleans and is...
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner 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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Arlington, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

As others have mentioned, take a tour to visit the cemetery - you'll here more about the history and methods of burial, and you'll be better of insofar as personal security is concerned.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I took one of the guided tours with "save the cemeteries" and it was a good experience; lasted a little over an hour. The tour guide was very knowledgable about the location. If you're planning on visiting, I recommend taking a tour, otherwise you'll be visiting a lot of tombs that are hard to read due to erosion.

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New Orleans, Louisiana, Usa
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

From what they told me it's the oldest cemetery in New Orleans and the crypt designs are just amazing. If you come for visit this should be on your list of places to hit. So much history!

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Kansas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

I wasn't really keen on touring NOLA Cemeteries; but the tour guide gave a wonderful cultural context to the burial rituals making them interesting. There are some quite lovely mausoleums, with beautiful adorning sculptures. Take time to see them!

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Jackson, MS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

St. Louis #1 is just a short walk from the FQ. Well known as the resting place of Marie Laveau. Many other famous New Orleanians are laid to rest here and some future residents tombs are waiting to be occupied. See Nick Cage's pyramid tomb. Great history abounds. It's safer to travel there in groups. It's better now that some... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I heard so much about this cemetery and it didn't meet my expectations at all its literally falls apart and really small

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We visited last April while in New Orleans and found the cemetery very interesting. Although the day was fairly warm we found the heat in the cemetery very hot. Very interesting reading the headstones and we found a few names that were from Ireland. Although we looked around on our own and not with a tour group I would say... More 

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Hattiesburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We added the cemetery onto our carriage ride & man did Jake our guide know his stuff. We learned customs saw bone fingers & more than you can figure out on your own.

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Have to see Marie Laveau's grave site. Amazing architecture and history of New Orleans's past. Have to take photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Based on on-line reviews, was trying to figure out if it was safe to tour the cemetery outside of a tour, as tours were filled. Was staying about five blocks away in the French Quarter. Decided to go for it with a group of three (two tall males and one female) - would not have made the trek on my... More 

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