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Metairie Cemetery

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Address: 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., Open 8am-5pm, Onsite parking, Handicap Access, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 504-486-6331
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This final resting place is home to some exotic tombs, such as a...

This final resting place is home to some exotic tombs, such as a pyramid-and-Sphinx mausoleum.

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True New Orleans

If you visit New Orleans, this should be part of your experience. The tombs and monuments have to be seen to be appreciated. Not far from downtown and easy to self-tour, this is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you visit New Orleans, this should be part of your experience. The tombs and monuments have to be seen to be appreciated. Not far from downtown and easy to self-tour, this is an iconic location.

Thank C. Scott E
Puyallup, Washington, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We chose this cemetery to visit because I wanted to see the Angel of Grief. The cemetery has so much more to offer! The tombs are beautifully made. We walked around in awe at the history of the cemetery. The highlight was finding the angel of grief. She is not easy to find, we had to ask a worker how... More 

Thank ReneeE138
Wichita, Kansas, United States
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is my favorite cemetery in all of New Orleans. I have a family plot here, but it is the least ornamental one in the whole place. I love the unique markers and the history.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's an amazing site to see all these tombs have withstood the test of time and "Hurricane Katrina". It's a nice little piece of history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I wrote a college English paper on this cemetery. It is a lovely place packed with history and people who molded the face of New Orleans. It IS a cemetery but it is definitely one of our best! Take along a cold drink so you can take your time viewing the site.

Thank Maryann B
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Because of the high water table common in ground burials are not used in South Louisiana. Some elaborate tombs were erected in the 19th century and the most beautiful of them are in Metairie Cemetery. This cemetery is located at the end of Canal Street admidst the tangle of cemeteries but to the left under the I-10 overpass. It is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With the water table in New Orleans being so low they needed to bury their dead above ground to avoid the decomposing items getting in to the water supply.. But it did inspire them to make their graves hugely intricate and beautifully designed. There are angels, carvings, huge monuments made to the deceased and all very tastefully done. Really interesting... More 

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Franklin Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW I WENT NUTS OVER THIS CEMETERY. I hadn't known of this one till we visited the second time but it was huge and magnificent. One of the highlights was the weeping lady statue and it was HARD to find. first of all it's hidden in one of the mausoleums. We heard it was near the enterance but had a... More 

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Chicago area (Wadsworth), Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This cemetery is 100% worth checking out, and only as of 2014 have their rules changed so that you, as a tourist or local, can only have access when with a certified cemetery tour guide. I did this and was enthralled with all I learned. Also got a great shot of Nicolas Cage's future burial space, beneath a lovely pyramid... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

All the cementeries in New Orleans are very special. Perhaps you can choose just one and if you are lucky you can see the funeral. Do not be confused, jazz funerals are abslutely joyful. People are dancing to the music, there are marching bands and everyone looks just happy.

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Lakeview extends inland from the shores of Lake Pontchartrain with much of the area reserved for family-friendly City Park. Home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and the city’s own lush Botanical Gardens, City Park is a New Orleans gem and the perfect spot for outdoor fun with as much of a mix of culture and/or amusement as you would like. Beyond City Park more great excuses to stay outside beckon, whether on land or by boat. Developed a good deal later than most other New Orleans neighborhoods, Lakeview has a distinctively different look and feel compared to other parts of the city. Fans of mid century modern design and contemporary architecture particularly enjoy leisurely drives around the residential streets of Lake Vista, Park Island and along Lakeshore Drive.