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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  • No comparisons to the many intricate and ornate cathedrals throughout Europe but this one was pleasant and whilst in N.O worth a visit. Staff inside helpful and history interesting.  more »
  • This is a nice architectural treasure in the French Quarter. The building is a very Historical piece of New Orleans and one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the country. Inside is not as elaborate...  more »
  • beautiful and very historic old cathedral. Also the place is SPOTLESS and so clean and vibrant inside. Visit is free, definitely check it out.  more »
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  • The stained glass windows were amazing. The details were absolutely stunning. And seeing about a dozen palm readers and fortune tellers just out side the church I found ironic.
  • Nice cathedral in midst of hustling NOLA. Very serene interior. Outside on the street you can find a bunch of Tarrot card readers/palm readers. A must place to visit while in the area.
  • If you want to go inside, best to head there earlier around noon or before 4, it was closed the first day we tried. But totally worth a second visit, it's a tranquil break from the excitement of the quarter. Be reverent and respectful of course.
  • Even on a gloomy day, the cathedral is quite nice! The inside was absolutely beautiful. Definitely a great spot to check out.
  • Beautiful Cathedral. Always reminds me of that first clip from Disney World. Pretty quiet compare to all crazy world outside of the building. Definitely go!

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