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St. Louis Cemetery No. 3

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Address: 3421 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA
Description: This cemetery was built on a former graveyard for lepers.
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Love the dedication and devotion displayed on these mausoleums with many people buried together. Very interesting how the bodies deteriorate and must wait 1 year and 1 day for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Lexington, South Carolina
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Lexington, South Carolina
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262 reviews 262 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Love the dedication and devotion displayed on these mausoleums with many people buried together. Very interesting how the bodies deteriorate and must wait 1 year and 1 day for another burial due to decomposition and they don't want same anniversary date for each body. The wall of vaults where poor folks are buried was not as elegant as the tombs.... More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Walked through the St. Louis Cemetery No.3 while in NOLA. Took some great pictures of the landmarks and statues. It's full of history.

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Winter Haven
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108 reviews 108 reviews
47 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is not the oldest cemetery in New Orleans but it is clean and well maintained It is amazing seeing all the tall tombs with all the names of the people in them. I was curious how they all fitted, it turns out the top part is made of brick and reaches temperatures of 250 degrees which over a year... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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187 reviews 187 reviews
85 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

This was one of our stops on our city tour. Our tour guide explained the way the death ritual works. I never would have guessed. Interesting and disturbing at the same time.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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154 reviews 154 reviews
34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We enjoyed visiting this cemetery with a tour guide who explained the history and how it works, even today. I would recommend reading about it before visiting. It's hard to imagine families today chipping in for a vault -- but they still do. Sad but most interesting were the stacked vaults used by those with less money. There are beautiful... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This place was unbelievable! We walked all over the cemetary reading the tomb stones. it was very well kept and we ran into a ground keeper that was so nice and freindly even though it was close to closing he still offered assistance in finding a famil grave site.

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Tampa, Florida
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136 reviews 136 reviews
62 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Just like all the other impressive cemeteries in NO, definitely stop and check this one out. The Hellenic Society Tomb is worth checking out.

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Springville, Utah
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132 reviews 132 reviews
38 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This particular cemetery seems to be a favorite of the tour-bus drivers. The key here is to get the history before you visit - understand the why of above ground burial, the family burial concept, the rules and regulations, the reason for the temporary tombs, etc etc etc. With that, stop and take a walk. The cemetery(s) are one of... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Everything in NOLA costs big bucks, so check out this unique and interesting above-ground cemetery. Then, afterwards, there are some superb restaurants nearby, where you can go back to draining your pocketbook.

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Virginiaq
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Well maintained cemetery, nice neighborhood, visit via Grey Line tour so you get some explanation of how the burials are done and why.

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