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“Well preserved” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lafayette Cemetery No.1

Lafayette Cemetery No.1
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Garden District and Cemetery Walking Tour
Ranked #24 of 339 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: The burial site for many of the people who lived in the mansions of the surrounding Garden District.
Seattle, Washington
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“Well preserved”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

This cemetery is in a safe neighborhood area of town (across the street from Commander's Palace). It's got some shade trees in spots, easy street parking amongst gorgeous old houses. It's pleasant for a morning stroll. It's well preserved. Not the funkiest cemetery in New Orleans, but a good example of raised tombs from the last few centuries.

Visited June 2013
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“Blew my mind!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

I find the cemeteries in New Orleans fascinating. This one is located in the Garden District and is surrounded by beautiful houses. What blew my mind was not only to find a tomb with my last name but the one next to it had my grandmother's last name! See if you can find the Powell and Brown tombs. There are tours you cane take or just walk around on your own and catch bits and pieces from the groups.

Visited June 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“What a way to go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

the walk through Layfayette Cemetery was a walk in the park and a walk through the past. It is full of beautiful carvings on the family tombs and old trees and the pleasant singing of birds. There is so much to learn about the New Orleans of the past. The families of influence, where people came from, the times when disease took many.... or perhaps other disasters. A fascinating way to spend part of a Garden District afternoon.

Visited May 2013
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Gold Coast Australia
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

The huge headstones and crypts I have never seen to this extent before and dating back so far and then nothing in the family for years. It is such a shame to see so many of them ruined after the hurricane.

Visited May 2013
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Evans, Ga
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“Just Ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

I am someone who loves to visit old cemeteries. I feel they hold so much history and beauty in them. But these cemeteries held no such beauty, history yes, beauty no. You feel like you are walking into a very cold, clinical world. There were no beautiful carvings in the cemetery or statues. Very little was written on the tombstones about the person buried there, just a date of death and maybe their age. In the Lafayette Cemetery, the deterioration was terrible, whole family crypts were falling down, and names were not even readable. I have visited lots of old cemeteries, and have seen grave sites that have been unattended, but in these at least you have some grass, trees, flowers, some park like settings that add to the beauty of the graves. The cemeteries you find along the east coast all have this. I would not have wanted to bury my loved one there, it was just so impersonal, and cold feeling.

Visited June 2013
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