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Old Ursuline Convent

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Address: 1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA 70116-2505
Phone Number: 504-529-3040
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Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters...

Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters of Ursula, among the female pioneers of New Orleans.

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Beautiful church

The literature and tour were very informative and interesting. St Mary Church inside the convent was absolutely breathtaking. It was like stepping into the past! So glad I did the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The literature and tour were very informative and interesting. St Mary Church inside the convent was absolutely breathtaking. It was like stepping into the past! So glad I did the tour.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The oldest building in New Orleans and the adjacent Chapel was a real surprise and a highlight of our trip! Knowledgeable volunteer docents showed real pride in the building and its history. The museum has an historical exhibit as well as rotating exhibits - we saw one on religious who are canonized already or on the path to sainthood and... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fascinating place and the tour of the interior was informative. They have a staircase dating back to the early 1700 made of Cypress and an interactive exhibit on the history of the order.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was taken by this old convent a couple of times on different tours (a tour of the French Quarter and a night ghost tour). If you like this sort of things then this is for you, but I have seen much more interesting churches etc with more interesting history and for the money I didn't think it was worth... More 

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Brentwood, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great slices of history of the role of the Catholic Church and the nuns in New Orleans , very pretty church, great knowlgeable guide

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We enjoy looking at historical building and churches. We enjoyed the self guided tour of this convent. There was also someone who came around and provided a lot of other information and history. We enjoyed learning about the nuns and their work.

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Getting away for about an hour or two, from the hustle and bustle of NO, this is the perfect little retreat. It is filled with the history of the Ursuline nuns and they also have a 500 year old Nuremberg Bible! It is worth the visit, if you have enough time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful building and chapel. We were greeted by a woman who was an encyclopedia of knowledge regarding the Ursuline Order, their history and mission. Take your time reading through the displays. Be sure to stop in the chapel and take a moment to observe the detail and craftsmanship of the building and say a prayer of thanks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

Don't miss it.You can see the whole thing in an hour or less. They have a 500 year old Nuremberg Bible; they did not mention this on the brochure, its just on a stand in a case at the back of the chapel! There is a small museum that shows the history of the convent.

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Goleta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Worth the time to read about the history of these courageous nuns who were so important in New Orleans history. Beautiful and very well designated history with docents available to answer questions. A great way to get out of the heat or rain and learn some history at the same time.

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