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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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  • We visited the cemetery with a guide who we hire at the entrance at a cost of $25 per person. He guides a real cowboy of Texan boots and long hair, was very knowledgable, added some touch of humour in his exhibition and gave historical data and references that made the visit enjoyable. Told us the legal provisions on the treatment of people who are dying, and some reviews of people and characters that there had their final resting place, among them the famous case Plassy vs Ferguson, a true story about racial discrimination. It is not recommended in times of much heat since it is a sunny treeless place. It can be from the Centre in the Green tram that runs through the Garden District which is very picturesque. Unfortunately most of the tombs are in poor, abandoned, with plants growing between the masonry is a pity since it is a piece of history that it is leaving ruin forever. While there is a plan of restoration, this depends on each family since each Pantheon is privately owned.
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  • All cemeteries in NO are fascinating. This one is a block from the RTA stop in the Garden District. Vendor outside selling bottled water for $1 - very nice. And, again, walking through and viewing the...  more »
  • Classic New Orleans cemetery with endless rows of memorials, many almost 200 years old. The massive brick walls block off views, there are 4 gates, one on each side of the square. If you think to visi...  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.