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Address: 1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +1 504-529-3040
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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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Walking with the NUNS

This historic site allowed us to enjoy our walk, talk to locals and educate ourselves about this magnificent religious order and the good works done in NOLA.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
skaszab2016
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a short self guided tour. Lots of history to look at. Absolutely love the high vaulted ceilings. I found it to be very in site full. They were preparing the outdoor garden for a wedding so we didn't feel right about going out to walk the grounds.

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The convent was completed in 1753. The complex consists of the convent, St. Mary's church, a gate house and gift shop. The facilities are often used for wedding. There are museum exhibits.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This historic site allowed us to enjoy our walk, talk to locals and educate ourselves about this magnificent religious order and the good works done in NOLA.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting retreat from French Quarter sun and frolic. Lots of social history, religious art and a quiet Catholic Church for relaxed contemplation. Nice courtyards with boxwood lined paths are reminiscent of French gardens. Story of Henriette Delille is inspirational.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

This is the oldest surviving building in the Mississippi River valley. There are some very interesting statues in the church, and there is some history exhibited. The staff is super sweet, and will answer any questions. Good for history buffs and those interested in the Catholic Church and its influence on NOLA's development.

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Went to see this since my Mom always talks about the Ursuline Nuns that taught her in St Louis. However, that isn't what I found. It just opened its exhibit (VERY interesting history) of Mother Henrietta Delille and the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Per National Parks Service, “This is the finest surviving example of French Colonial public architecture in the... More 

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Livingston, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We had a wedding at St Mary's Catholic Church on the convent grounds. They have the convent secluded so you can not go in unless you are taking the tour or the wedding party has rented the venue for the reception. This was a great location for the reception and it was great to be in around the convent grounds.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

I never thought touring a nunnery could be fun, but Old Ursuline is both fun and interesting if you're a history buff. This is the main archice of the local Catholic Archdioces. It's filled with all sorts of historical stuff from the very early days of New Orleans. Quite possibly the best museum in New Orleans.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We attempted to visit it inside but only managed to do it from outside as there was a note saying the place is closed under November. Apparently they have a 500 years old Nurnberg bible which I would have liked to see. Gorgeous building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 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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