Located on the boundary of the French Quarter, Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest cemetery in the city. The above ... More
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Located on the boundary of the French Quarter, Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest cemetery in the city. The above ground burial practices are typical of swampy New Orleans, where early settlers soon discovered that coffins buried in the ground would float to the surface after a hard rain. There are many ornate family tombs and vaults, but you are encouraged to visit these attractions with a tour group for safety reasons.
Most important of all: The Esplanade address listed above is WRONG! That address is cemetery #3, and a long way from the French Quarter. #1 is on Basin St, and an easy walk from the French Quarter. Bad Yahoo!
Interesting place to visit. I'm not sure it's worth $20 a head for a guided tour, though, but you will hear some interesting stories, some of them probably made up. If you're in the French quarter, walk up there and check it out, and then decide if you want to pay for a tour. Admission is free if you don't go on a guided tour.
And be sure to look somewhere other than here to find the correct location.
Things you might "not" have been told and might want to check out. The "Lacoste" tomb. It is located across the street from police station entry; on Row/Aisle 4; to the right; number 8 down tomb. "LACOSTE" Just a little bit of history here. In the Battle of New Orleans the troops took over the Lacoste plantation to rest until reinforcement troops arrived. It is in all the history books in case yo want to verify. Also, they have slaves buried in this tomb. The top face plate has been broken so many times and it costs the family a ton of money to keep having it replaced and all the slaves names on it that they have now just left the top face plate blank. They will have a replaced one "blank" on it in about 1 to 2 months. Just a piece of history that the LaCoste family had all these slaves and soldiers on the plantation and what they family went through. Chcek out "Battle of New Orleans" and "LaCoste plantation and you can verify.... Happy hunting..It is pretty cool to know that, that family was part of The Battle of New Orleans in some way. Enjoy we did..The family was visiting the tomb (I thought they were tourist at first and started talking to them... very nice family) and they told us all about it and I went home and did verify with history books, online and even the Archdiocesan. Very educational and really cool to know I actually talked to the family...
loved looking at all of the tombs and learning their history. started without a tour guide, joined in on one an hour later and worth every penny (or dollar). if i ever go back to new orleans, will go back to the cemetary, one of the most interesting places i visited while there and would recommend it to anyone
Born in New Orleans, but I hadn't been back for years. The Cemetery's are a part of NOLA's history. Tour guide or not there is no other Cemetery's like this in the U.S. Don' miss Meterie Cemetery either. Such history in all.
It was a hot day and the guys from Magic Tours "Mark" where great and very very informative!! Wish the people that wrote on Marie Lavueus tomb would listen and not do that!! I really suggest that you go on a tour and not try and go alone the area is the projects and its very dangerous!
Love the tomb of the lovers.. check it out
Visiting St. Louis lived up to my expectations from what I have read and heard about it. I was really looking forward to it because I read an article on Marie LaVeau way back in school.
It is true that people write three X's with chalk or stone on Marie LaVeau's Crypt hoping that Marie LaVeau would answer the wishes of those who visited. However, when I with a tour, the tour guide said that Marie may not be in the crypt but buried in the back section of the cemetary. Whether this is true or just some mechanation to deter people from putting X's on the LaVeau crypt remains to be. I have to be honest..whatever you do ..DO NOT VIDEOTAPE or photograph the crypt. I lost my video camera not long after videotaping the cemetary coincedence I think not. I do suggest to buy your offering before leaving for cemetary.. that for those with occult leanings and are familiar with voodoo traditions that finding small bottles of rum for offerings is kinda hard..not all the bodegas in the French Quarter carry small bottles of rum. For those who like art and sculpture, St. Louis Cemetary has some impressive sculptures. Also for those who are tempted to visit at night..not recommended because the cemetary is in a bad neighborhood and I believe the cemetary is locked at night anyway.
The thing that shocked us the most during the tour, was when the Tour Guide told us about the stacking of Bodies in the above ground Graves. They just stack the next Generation on top, because of the shortage of Land.
We had Eugenia as a tour guide on February 27th 2008 and though she didn't seem to know a lot outside of the tour she certainly knew how to keep the attention of us taking the tour. My boyfriend and I enjoyed it very much.
Stunningly, haunting, creative, ancient. The graves are all above ground. The statuary is surreal. Amazing how much time, resources, and art went into the graves. New Orleans does everything with such abandon. Must see!
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