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“Kinda cool and creepy”

St. Roch and the Campo Santo
Ranked #156 of 371 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: Theres a small room just off the altar at St. Roch (who was the patron saint of plague victims) where supplicants leave their part or piece thats been healed, supposedly by the saint. Theres a bizarre collection of such items as eyeballs, crutches, false limbs and organs.
Reviewed August 26, 2010

We went here with a small group on a bike tour with Confederacy of Cruisers (highly recommended!) and it's definitely interesting. Small chapel has tiny room to right of altar with old leg braces, plaster casts of arms and other body parts placed in thanks for healing after praying to St Roch. The above ground tombs are re-used over and over. Some have numerous "burials" in them. The guide did a great job of explaining NOLA burial traditions. Just as we were leaving a big tour bus pulled up, so this tiny cemetery now seems to be on the tourism route. Coming in a small group is definitely better.

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Reviewed August 26, 2004

St. Roch's is similar to St. Louis #1 Cemetary, but is not within walking distance of the quarter.

The cemetary is a bit less decrepit than others and appears to have far fewer visitors. The cemetary is surrounded by a high white wall and is a maze of whitewashed tombs packed closely together. We were the only ones there on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and it was a bit eery.

The chapel was fascinating, though we had to make-do with gazing through the front door window since it appears to be locked at times. We were disappointed not to be able to see the famous plaster arms, legs etc... left in thanks to St. Roch for his intervention. Although the altar was pretty and had and interesting image of St. Roch and his faithful dog.

Creepy and empty and beautiful, go but don't go alone.

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