On our first visit to New Orleans, we admired the structure of St. Louis Cathedral, but it never occurred to us to step inside. This time, we did both.
The cathedral is architecturally beautiful. With Jackson Square as its front lawn and the statue of President/General Andrew Jackson, the cathedral is one of the most photographed sights in New Orleans. Take the time to enjoy its beauty from several vantage points -- from the steps across Decatur Street, from the front gates of Jackson Square on Decatur Street, and from the busy Chartres Street in front of the cathedral with all of its artists, art vendors, and street performers.
As we stepped inside, we were awed by the beauty of the interior. Take a few moments to admire the soaring ceiling, the stained glass windows, and the statues, but remember to be respectful of those who have stepped inside for a quiet moment with God. I read on the cathedral website that a tour is available (except during mass), but I can't comment on the tour since we did not stay long enough to take advantage of the opportunity.