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“Historical Gem”

Old Ursuline Convent
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$24.99*
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French Quarter Stroll
Ranked #72 of 352 things to do in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Florence, Italy
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170 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Historical Gem”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

The Old Ursuline Convent was built in the 1750's by slave laborers and ovcupied by the Ursuline nuns who were teaching nuns. The construction is enormously complex and interesting. The building is quiet and dignified. When there are tours the tour guides are very well educated and informative. Periodically there are exhibitions. Try to catch one if possible. This site is not to be missed. It is a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the French Quarter.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago, IL
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60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A lovely piece of history”
Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

And a quiet respite from the rest of the Quarter. We were staying right down the street at the Richelieu, so stopped in here because it's convenient. Low entry fee, good bathrooms, beautiful church and buildings, interesting exhibits, letters from presidents like Jefferson, just all around a good place to visit.

Visited June 2013
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Evans, Ga
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345 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Nice quite place to visit”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Went here toward the end of the day. A tour guide was there and he did a great job. Very informative about the nuns and what they did in the city. Beautiful chapel area that is used for weddings today and not mass. Great history lesson.

Visited June 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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126 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“The Oldest Structure in the Mississippi Valley”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

This modestly priced self guided tour has a rich history to share with a visitor in a short tour. This is a gem in the French Quarter which threatens to give way to gypsies, tourist trinkets, & drunk kids.

Visited April 2013
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Los Angeles
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best sightseeing for second nola visit”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

True feeling of centuries old heritage, orphanage, chapels, original structures. Great souvenir shop. Just north from St. Louis Cathedral and best seen together for full historic effect. $5 admission, heart of city's best.

Visited March 2013
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