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“Interesting Historical Landmark” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Ursuline Convent

Old Ursuline Convent
1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
504-529-3040
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Ranked #54 of 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters of Ursula, among the female pioneers of New Orleans.
Houston, Texas
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“Interesting Historical Landmark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

If you are interested in history and the religious influence of the Catholic faith in early America, you must not miss this. I spent over a hour walking around the convent and the church....very well preserved building. Nice exhibits and the free guide is very informative and quite amusing. Entrance fee is $5.00 and worth every penny of it.

Visited March 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Tour went on a bit long - but the guide was enthusiastic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Very interesting story about a difficult foothold in the new world. A friend had a tour with a female guide that focused on the medicines, etc needed to survive. The tour I had dealt with a lot of church politics. Very interesting - worth the $5!

Visited February 2013
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Kansas
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“Interesting slice of New Orleans history in the French Quarter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The convent has a very unobtrusive entrance on Chartres Street (in fact we had walked past it earlier in the day and not noted it), but we located it serendipitously as a rain shower arrived. We took refuge inside and spent a leisurely hour or so doing the self tour of the convent and stopping to admire and pray at the adjoining St. Mary's Chapel. We were almost the only ones there, other than a caretaker whom we saw several times, so it was very quiet and a welcome respite from the bustle of the Quarter.
The posted materials tell the story of the Sisters, whose history dates back to the very beginning of the City, and the buildings which have a long history as well. The guide notes do not provide a great deal of detail, but it was interesting enough that I later looked up and filled in the gaps from Wikipedia, etc.
One of the highlights for me was that among the historical documents that were on display under glass was a letter from Thomas Jefferson (one of my idols) praising the Sisters work and pledging his support for their presence in New Orleans. His hand was elegant and quite legible.
The entrance fee (suggested contribution) was just $5 and well worth it.

Visited December 2012
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Michigan
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“Almost a 5 out of 5”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Simply allow us into the attic and I will be happy to max out the score. The rest of the convent is worth the tour and should not be missed.

Visited October 2012
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Shelby, North Carolina
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“Better than the St. Lewis Cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The convent is large and steeped in history and it has a beautiflul St. Mary's Chapel with a decorative organ much nicer inside than the larger St. Lewis Cathedral. It is well presented and admission is free. Not to be missed in the French Quarter just a few blocks from the Cathedral in Jackson Square.

Visited January 2013
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