Lafayette Cemetery No.1, New Orleans
Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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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The tour was very informative and I totally enjoyed all the info. You cannot tour without a tour guide. For the last year of so the rules changed and everyone must be part of a tour group. This was ve... read more »
The cemetery provides a fascinating look at a New Orleans "City of the Dead". Locals stand at the gate and offer tours, which we did not take, but there were numerous tour groups wandering around, and... read more »
Interesting learning about how many people are buried in one vault and hearing a few stories about some if the files that are buried there. Carla is a tour guide that is there on certain days and cert... read more »
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!
Tyler Anneliese Moselle
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.
Amazing older cemetery. Some of the tombs are falling into ruin, which allows viewing their structure. However, a lot of nameplates are missing, probably due to Katrina, and so you can't tell the dates of the oldest tombs.
Wonder the cemetery and think about the lives lost throughout the centuries.
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