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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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Interesting tour

This was one of the stops on our city tour - it was interesting to hear the history of the cemetery and why they bury people above ground.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Wilmington, Delaware
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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This was one of the stops on our city tour - it was interesting to hear the history of the cemetery and why they bury people above ground.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I like the TV show The Originals, which is filmed in New Orleans. They frequently have cemetery scenes, so I wanted to go to the Cemetery No. 1 to see where they film. I took the street car to Basin St. and walked to it. When I got there, I was told by a security guard at the gate that... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Since March 2015, the only way to see the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is with a tour and guide. We did not mind and really enjoyed Tomas our guide and learned much about the history and lore of New Orleans.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is the ONLY cemetery you have to pay to visit. You are only allowed to enter if accompanied by a licensed tour guide. They say it's to prevent vandalism, but it's obviously just a money making ploy because this is the cemetery most people want to see. It's the oldest and has the famous Marie Levou. No other cemeteries... More 

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Okie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Take a tour that includes this as part of your stop. It is a must see point of interest in the city. One tomb has over 280 people buried there.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Be prepared that you have to have a tour guide to get in though. It was nice to see the old crypts. Luckily were were able to get a tour guide outside the gate.

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Myrtl beach
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

tour guide was great - very knowledgeable about the place. VERY Pricey to see bricks & stones. Got crowded by the time we left.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

FYI - you can't go in unless you are with an approved tour guide. We toured this cemetery with Strange True Tours. It is a fascinating place! See the final resting places of Marie Laveau and Homer Plessy and where part of Easy Rider was filed. Also Nicholas Cage has a plot here.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We took a tour and it was well worth the money. There are some intresting stories, our guide was excellent, his name was Phillip. This is where Marie Laveau (misspelled) is buired-check it out.

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I wanted to take my kids to see New Orleans' above ground cemeteries. It is really cool seeing history and how old some of the crypts are. There are many "tour guides" available to guide you and tell you a little more about the history. Worth the trip, but check the hours because it closed sooner than we expected.

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