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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  • October 4, 2017
    Words can't adequately describe the beauty of this cathedral. The stained glass windows are exquisite, the beautiful statues, the beautifully painted ceiling, the awe inspiring altar. I have never bee...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Made it in for Sunday morning mass while taking a long weekend in nawlins. Absolutely beautiful Cathedral and the parishioners were open and inviting. Worth stopping in for a tour when visiting Jackso...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We loved seeing the Cathedral. So beautiful!!! It is definately worth the stop on your tour of New Orleans!  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    The Cathedral Basilica of St Louis King of France is the most iconic landmark of all the French Quarter! The city's center of worship for over 280 years, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis remains the oldest active Cathedral in the United States It is a very well kept historical landmark! The art work within its walls... impeccable. Stop by any given day and watch a litany of street performers rustling up the change from spectator pockets! Art vendors selling their art and wares outside in front of the square where the Cathedral stands! There you will find iconic restaurants and cafe's, also known as respectable icons of New Orlean's French Quarter! For the city square... the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis is the head of that square! At night you will find ghost tours talking about the mystery of this building... its worth a drop of a peek! Go check it out!!!
  • July 8, 2017
    The pure history of the Cathedral is so exciting. To know both famous and infamous people of history walked around, and in that same building throughout the history of the United States. Consider, Jean Lafitte the pirate, or John Wilkes Booth who preformed at the opera house during the civil war. Or how about President Andrew Jackson who gathered the local people to fight the British. Maybe Voodoo is your thing, walk the same street as Marie Laveau the Voodoo Queen. Be sure to walk down "Pirate's Alley" late at night and hear the haunting screams of the many victims who were robbed and beaten, or killed...........Long ago in the pirate days, it was known to be dangerous at night.......pretty safe now, but always go in groups when in the Quarters at night. BTW the "Original Vampires" may be in the bell towers.
  • April 10, 2017
    Not necessarily rating the service but more so how the church looked from the outside. It's a really cool picture and something neat to see. After being in Europe/Italy for 3 months you can really see the influence from that culture in the French Quarter and really in this church. It's something cool to see.
  • May 18, 2017
    Beautiful Cathedral with amazing stained glass, murals and a real "old school" Catholic Church feel. Even if you're not religious (like myself) this is definitely a place that you should visit.
  • April 16, 2017
    Lots of cool street performers out front. Don't get your cards read, unless you like throwing money away.

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