St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

Experience the majestic 18th-century architecture and stately appearance of St. Louis Cathedral. Located in the historical Jackson Square facing the Mississippi River, the cathedral serves as one of the French Quarter’s anchoring landmarks and is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States. Walk through the cathedral’s main hall to admire the high, painted ceilings and arched windows before taking a seat in one of the pew’s to enjoy a few moments of silence. Check the cathedral’s schedule online if you are interested in attending a service. Make St. Louis Cathedral a part of your New Orleans vacation plans using our New Orleans trip itinerary planner.
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  • visit beautiful to see inside , all of the French Quarter charming place will re visit soon as we can .  more »
  • Cathedral is beautiful. It was as I remember. Having the Cathedral open during covid was very comforting. Able to light candles for my parents brother John and sister Jean.  more »
  • Attended daily Mass here and spent time in the Cathedral before and after Mass. Beautiful French architecture, vivid colors and stained glass. Small gift shop. A must see for me.  more »
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  • Upon first glance of the St. Louis Cathedral, nestled within Jackson Square, it is like looking at a painting. The high, towering spires and iconic architecture silhouette the blue sky. It is like an image of old-world France right in the middle of busy downtown New Orleans. Unfortunately, on the weekend we were there, the French Quarter festival was going on. And while it was a great time, the city and especially Jackson Square were crowded beyond comprehension. Once we finally navigated our way through the masses, we came to the cathedral, which itself was a quiet, peaceful sanctuary among the chaos. I was in awe of the high vaulted ceilings and opulent interior. The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. It's a pretty amazing place.
  • Beautiful temple. The stain glass windows are amazing. The art on the ceilings is equally beautiful. There is no doubt it is a place worth visiting in New Orleans. Once there, offer up a prayer for our beloved country.
  • First time in New Orleans and had to visit the cathedral. It is a beautiful church with history tied closely to the city itself. There are wonderful stain glass windows through out which really were impressive. The murals on the ceiling through the length of the church are amazing. The cathedral was visited by Saint Pope John Paul II and a charming portrait of the saint is located in the church. The cathedral is located next to Jackson Square in the French Quarter. You can visit the cathedral and find wonderful bars and restaurants nearby.
  • Absolutely beautiful Cathedral with great historical meaning. The stained glass is breath taking to say the least. But please remember people that this is a House of God. Show a little bit of respect and remove your hats! My friend and I seamed to be the only two to take our hats off.
  • It was a beautiful place head very interesting beautiful paintings. It had a lot of descriptive information. That was in French. As a warning no photography and you have to take off your hat. A wonderful statue of Pope John honor of him visiting in the late 80s

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