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“Breathtakingly Beautiful Church” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral
615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)
504-525-9585
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Ranked #30 of 174 Activities in New Orleans
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The major landmark of the French Quarter is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the U.S.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Breathtakingly Beautiful Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I highly recommend if you visit New Orleans, take the time to visit the Cathedral - Basilica of Saint Louis King of France. I traveled to New Orleans Louisiana on business and had some leisure time for adventure. I pilgrimaged to the Cathedral - Basilica of Saint Louis King of France on a day where instead of lines of tourists, it seemed to be fairly calm and quiet. When I came upon the church, I was amazed at how large of a building it is, from pictures of it on postcards and/or a computer screen, I imagined it much smaller. It is a solid structure with good architectural bones. As I entered the church, I realized how beautiful each aspect of it was. I took the time to pray and was permitted to take photographs (some churches do not permit this). It was a comfort to go to the church and get to pray in it as opposed to seeing it in still life. Just a side note, as with most churches, there are optional places for you to make donations i.e. in the boxes for the poor, bread for the poor, lighting of candles, etc. if you choose to do this. I hope you find peace and comfort during your visit as well.

Visited October 2013
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San Antonio
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“Heavenly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We went to the 11 a.m. Sunday mass. We felt transported to the heavens. The music was opera- and symphony-caliber, and it felt like a very prayerful place. I hope that our future visits include a Sunday morning so we can attend mass at St. Louis Cathedral again.

The interior is exquisite (be sure to check out the ceiling).

The bells ring on the hour, I think. They're beautiful.

Ironically, the little plaza in front of the cathedral was full of fortune-tellers and tarot card readers and everybody lived happily ever after. Only in New Orleans.

Visited October 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Oasis of peace among the revelry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

St Louis Cathedral in New Orleans beautiful Jackson Square is an oasis of peace among the revelry. Obviously following proper protocol for this beautiful house of worship, one should be mindful of their voices and clothing. Soothing chants can be heard from the sound systems, the beautiful windows cast the interior of the entire building in soft light, the frescoes on the ceiling are gorgeous. What a lovely place to visit. Don't forget to stop in the excellent gift shop with wonderful religious themed items. Not to be missed and it never hurts to say a prayer.

Visited October 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Super Cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I loved seeing this beautiful old church. Make sure you check it out inside. Such beautiful architechture. Right in the heart of the city!

Visited November 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Good place to see picturesque New Orleans”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Parking was a bit of a nightmare but once we found a spot we were able to walk around and take pictures of the square and church. This is quintessential NOLA

Visited October 2013
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