Lafayette Cemetery No.1, New Orleans

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Nestled in the old Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery No.1 features ornate aboveground tombs. In the 1800s, bodies would often be left at the gate for the cemetery staff to care for. As you wander the property, you'll find unusual causes of death carved onto some stones. You'll also see society tombs here, among which is the YMCA tomb. Site tours are available; contact an established tour company for a guided tour. Work out when and for how long to visit Lafayette Cemetery No.1 and other New Orleans attractions using our handy New Orleans itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    If the evening ghost tour doesn’t fill your needs of the other side, make sure to head over for a guided tour of the St. Louis Cemetery #1. The tours are held during the day and it can become very hot...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I consider myself to be kind of a cemetery enthusiast. I had never been to one that had above ground graves like this. Some were completely broken down (either due to just age or Hurricane Katrina, I'...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Small cemetery in the garden district with some impressive tombs. No entrance fee. Some graves are new, others really old.  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Easy to get to. Parking was easily accessible on any other side streets. Truly as unique experience walking through this historic site. Tour guides set up next to the entrance or in the shade around the square.
  • March 17, 2017
    One of my favorite cemeteries in New Orleans. You have the option of either a self-guided tour or a guided tour (tour guides usually set up right outside of the gate for those who just wander by). It is easily accessible, and easy to explore the entire grounds. Although it is fairly small, it's easy to feel as if you've left the city of the living altogether, and have instead found existence in a city created entirely for the dead. Closes earlier on weekends (3 instead of 4), unless you're on a guided tour.
  • June 13, 2017
    Wonderful cemetery; rich with history and located in New Orleans gorgeous garden district. Bring cash, sometimes there are tour guides standing outside, just incase you want extra information you can take a hour tour.
  • May 15, 2017
    Interesting old cemetery for exploring New Orleans history. It is easily accessible, and you can finish with a stroll through the famous Garden District homes on First, Second and Third streets.
  • January 1, 2017
    The Lafayette Cemetery is a cool place to visit while in New Orleans. The above ground tombs are fascinating to look at. Many of them have been fixed up over the years. No cost to visiting this place. Doesn't take too long to walk about... Thirty minutes max.

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