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Metairie Cemetery

Address: 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., Open 8am-5pm, Onsite parking, Handicap Access, New Orleans, LA (Lakeview)
Phone Number: 504-486-6331
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Ranked #15 of 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Owner description: This final resting place is home to some exotic tombs, such as a pyramid-and-Sphinx mausoleum.
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Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Owner description: This final resting place is home to some exotic tombs, such as a pyramid-and-Sphinx mausoleum.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Metairie Cemetery is considered one of the top five burial grounds in the world. It may sound weird to recommend it as a tour stop, but it's worth the time. Bodies are interred above the ground in New Orleans in European fashion, and the fact that Metairie Cemetery began life as a race track only adds to the fascinating history... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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130 reviews 130 reviews
41 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It sounds weird visiting a cemetary where you have no relatives. It was very neat and educational though. Its strange to think that here in America we have a society that buries their deceased in the same tomb with 5, 10, 20, or more other relatives! It was explained to us that there are usually two caskets in the tomb... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The neighborhood surrounding it is not the best, but it is worth a visit to see some of the older history of NOLA.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Amazingly beautiful mausoleums some of which have stained glass windows and statutes. An interesting place to walk around,

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Tampa, Florida
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62 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Like many of the other tourist attractions in New Orleans, this is yet another cemetery worth visiting. Millionaire row is impressive with HUGE tombs with attractive stain glass windows. Don't miss the amazing Weeping Angel towards the back of the cemetery.

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Issaquah, WA.
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208 reviews 208 reviews
63 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Cajun Tours does a great job showing the city? loved the beautiful old homes. Tour guide was great. Better than trying to see it yourself.

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Seattle, Washington
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105 reviews 105 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Really cool how easy on and off the freeway to or from the airport this place is. We spent an hour driving through and taking pictures. This is truly unique and interesting. This used to be a horse racing track and the history is fascinating. It was really cool to stumble onto Andrew Jackson Higgins tomb here after touring the... More 

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

A mix of emotions in these places, but it's a good visit. Has some interesting history and beautiful structures and sculptures. It's convenient to many surface and interstate accesses.

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Spring, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We did not visit the one in Metairie but we did visit one in the garden district. For the most part they are very similar but it is interesting to see how the above ground cemeteries are designed and to walk through and see the age and history of the families.

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Waxahachie, Texas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

So much to see. The tombs are works of art. Granit, marble, and bronze. The bodies are entombed for one year and one day, then they are removed from the coffin and placed in body bags, placed to the side, coffin removed, ready for the next family member to be entombed.

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