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“The Interior Is Breathtaking”

St. Louis Cathedral
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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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“The Interior Is Breathtaking”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We passed the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (commonly called St. Louis Cathedral) several times in our wanderings of the French Quarter, but didn't fully appreciate it until we went inside for Ash Wednesday Mass.

The exterior is well kept and the building is easily seen across Jackson Square from the River Walk. There is a plaza in front of the church that has frequent street performances and artists' displays and it is located adjacent to The Cabildo (old NOLA town hall which now houses the LA State Museum).

From the outside, one would never guess that within this building is housed a majestic interior decorated with gold-leaf murals of the saints and the holy family beginning at the alter's gold pipe organ, spanning the entire length of the cathedral's ceiling and culmulating above the entryway to the church. The floors are tiled with ivory and ebony and each stained glass window is it's own work of art. There are several statues of Jesus, the Holy Family and some saints (including Joan of Arc) standing throughout the sanctuary. The influence of both the Spanish and the French is easily recognized in both the artwork of the church and also the flags displayed near the chandeliers in the main aisle of the sanctuary.

There is a small gift shop that we didn't get a chance to see in the church and there is a website that is very up to date. The church's old convent is located just a few blocks down the road and houses a second gift shop.

Visited February 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Must See”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

There aren't many churches that match the beauty of some churches in Europe, but this is the closest we've seen in North America. Interesting history, beautiful frescos and stained glass. It is a must see and important to thank God for blessings.

Visited February 2013
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Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States
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“Beautiful place”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Was a wonderful site, and peaceful. Gift shop is small and crowded when busy but completely worth it.

Visited February 2013
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Santa Clara, CA
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“Lovely”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

St. Louis Cathedral is stunning, and the area around it is typically filled with people. A must see when you are visiting New Orleans.

Visited March 2012
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“quiet retreat”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

oldest cathedral in louisiana. pleasant break from the hustle and busle of the fr. quater. located next to jackson square. coulden't figure out which french king was made a saint during the crusades illustrated in the stained glass murals, but they were spectacular. organ music provided a solemn atmosphere.

Visited January 2013
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