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“A gorgeous historic church” 5 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 #59 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.
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
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“A gorgeous historic church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This was my first stop on the feast of St. Joseph. It is not always open, but when it is it is well worth the visit. Beautiful, historic, home to the Ursuline sisters who educated so many women in New Orleans.

Visited March 2013
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DEER PARK
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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“Some bits of interesting religious history in NOLA”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The building on the outside is nice. Based on other reviews I was under the impression this museum was free. On arriving the admission was $5 and it took only half an hour which was only the 1st floor and outside. I would have liked more information then just reading a few letters from past US Presidents to the Convent. So, for $5 i thought it was poor value for money. The introductory video gives the impression that your about to learn a lot about the convent, its position and history. Going around the 1st floor on the self guided tour didn’t really provide as much information as expected. In fact, i learned more stuff about the Ursuline Convent from the Vampire Tour that i took on my previous trip to New Orleans (Feb. 2012). The grounds were not anything special. In the chapel the colours on alter, walls & ceilings were vibrant yet simple.

Visited February 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Beautiful Staicase”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We nearly had the convent to ourselves. My favourite part was the original staircase fom the building pre the convent. It is simple and elegant worth the visit. St Mary's next door is a beautiful church to visit. The original pine and cypress ceiling is well painted
Worth the $5

Visited April 2013
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Silver Springs, Florida
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“Go for the history...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a self-guided tour with an admission fee of $5. If you are interested in the history of New Orleans, you can't go wrong spend the $5 and an hour of your time. Their are no more guided tours as post-Katrina the volunteer-base which was relied upon has dwindled. My wife and I both enjoyed browsing around and reading the placards at each exhibit.

Visited March 2013
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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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