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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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  • A lot of history here. You can do a self guided or hire a guide. We chose to walk around ourselves. Old mausoleums lots of character. Doesn't take long and you will eventually lose interest. This is t...  more »
  • This was our first New Orleans cemetery to visit. For a short while, we tagged along with one of the tours (they work for tips), and learned so much about the city history and traditions of ALL of the...  more »
  • We took a tour of the cemetery and learned a lot of interesting facts about the family and community graves that exist.  more »
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  • Just amazing! There is so much history! The guide was amazing. You can only go in with a guide! They have to keep track of you!
  • It's worth a tour. The guides do a good job of telling you facts and rumors and local urban legends. Information that I didn't even know that I wanted to know, but I'm glad I heard. This is best experienced with a guide, but it is open and free to the public. Also right next to Commanders Palace in the Garden District, so you should be here anyway.
  • Fascinating to walk around. We had some backstory to the place after going on one of the open top bus tours (where we were told about the different mausoleums for firefighters, and clubs you could join to be guaranteed a, small, spot in the cemetery). Not a huge place, but still a good hour to walk around and read some of the different engravings. All free too of course!
  • I'm not the biggest fan of tour groups, but if you time it right you may not have to see any and have the place to yourself! Well, if you don't count the lizards skittering around your feet and spooky crows. If you're into the tour thing, a killer place to hear about who's buried in these spectacular tombs. Such a gorgeous cemetery with such a rich history!
  • I really liked visiting this graveyard more than I expected. It's a very beautiful graveyard. There is a free tour you can just walk in and join which is great. It's beautiful and eerie at the same time.