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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 #22 of 172 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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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Interesting day trip...go in the morning as it is very hot in summer. There are guides to hire if interested...though you can just stand next to a tour group and listen if you don't want to spend an extended period touring. Nicholas Cage had a pyramid mausoleum built for his future use. The famed Voodoo Queen is buried in this... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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167 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It is really amazing to see how people were and are buried. You need to take one of the tours thru the cemetery so they can explain how so many names get on one tombstone

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Chester, New York
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17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Two years ago I visited New Orleans with my sister-in-law and her husband b/c we wanted to visit her daughter who works in Baton Rouge-she met us and gave us informative driving and walking tours. My favorite was Bourbon St. with its jazz music and many LA & southern restaurants and lounges. We saw a wedding procession, complete with horse... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is the one of the oldest and coolest cemeteries you will ever visit. The history here is unreal, and will leave you astounded. Be sure to go with a tour or look for someone offering a tour at the cemetery. A good tour guide can bring this place to life.

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Calgary, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We took this tour for the history and educational aspects. We had a fabulous guide who knew his stuff!! This tour was jam packed full of information regarding the history of the cemetery, burial sites, as well as the religious history of New Orleans. We were very glad we took this tour. Thanks for the knowledge and the experience !!!

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Oklahoma
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14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Very close(few blocks north) to Bourbon St attractions in French Qtr. Not really advertised like other cemeteries. NOLA's original and famous people buried here. Very interesting and historical. A huge Raven led us to Marie Laveau's grave! I don't believe in hoo doo voodoo but it was a tad creepy! An easy walk for a free attraction. I would even... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It was so cool to see something I have only seen in movies. We had learned a bit of the history of the design of the New Orleans Cemeteries on a tour, so it was neat to go inside and explore for awhile. It was raining before we went and the cemetery was flooded, so i advise shoes you do... More

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Hoover
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a very interesting tour. If you are not from the south, or even this region of the south, you learn a lot about the culture of NOLA, and how they do things.... which is really weird. It is historical, insightful, and ever so interesting. A little eerie at times, cause they do things so differently here. Fine for... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We had read about what to expect but there is nothing like experiencing it 'real life'. We opted to wander around on our own instead of taking a guided tour. (It was daylight, nothing can happen, right?) The history of the cemetery is right there for you to peruse with names and dates from history all around. Even if you... More

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Southern IL
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14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Pretty amazing place. Next time we may hire a tour guide (and not go at noon in July). There is so much history. Many of the markers are from the 1700 and 1800's.

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