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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

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The name of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is misleading, because the cemetery is in New Orleans and is one of three. Each section of the cemetery is divided by number; cemeteries one and two are on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. Cemetery number three sits on Esplanade Avenue near Bayou St. John. Its graves are more elaborate than the first two sections, and this area houses the remains of local celebrities like Paul Sarebresole. The historic burial spot is notable for its above-ground vaults and graves. While you might think this is because of the high water table, the practice actually began with French and Spanish burial traditions. Put St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and other New Orleans attractions into our New Orleans itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Although not my normal type of "attraction" having visited New Orleans, multiple times, a friend suggested a walking tour and it was an hour and a half well spent. History abounds within the square bl...  more »
  • Our tour was part of a package tour from wicked brew tours. Fascinating history and burial customs. Unique cemetary architecture and a few graves of the rich and famous.  more »
  • As well as seeing the above ground tombs, the visit to the cemetery included a lot of interesting information on the city's history regarding the voodoo culture provided by the guide.  more »
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  • Seriously??? I've lived here all my life and have visited many times and now I have to pay $20 to get in?? The catholic church apparently thinks it would be a good idea to partner with grey line and fleece the tourists....Yeah yeah excuses are like elbows - maybe if they had bothered to protect the cemetery in the first place then they wouldn't resort to robbing people - er...charge admission - plenty of other FREE public cemeteries out there
  • Great Cemetery. Old and spooky, even when you go there during the day. We had a tour guide, but it is better if you do a self guided tour, so you can move around as you wish. Be sure you check out Marie LaveauĀ“s grave. And just walk around, it is really impressing. Unlike other cemeteries, this one is really old and if you listen carefully, you can maybe hear or feel the dead.
  • This IS the right cemetery for Marie Laveau's tomb (NOT other cemeteries when you try to do a search and they tell you it's in Saint Louis #2 or elsewhere) but DO NOT waste your precious time in this city here. If you truly believe in the superstition that performing a ritual at her grave (which you are not allowed to DO anyway) will help your troubles, go ahead and be robbed for the MANDATORY tour guide fee to even enter this public ground. Oh yes, it's also a super shady part of town where I had 911 already input on my phone because we were being followed on the streets by some guys in a truck...a few times. Your time is MUCH better spent in Lafayette Cemetery #1 in the beautiful Garden District, with no entry fee and there's a guy outside selling ice cold water for $1, and an awesome coffee house at the opposite corner that sells iced drinks and has fabulous air conditioning to take a break. And, if you want a tour, there are plenty of docents who are friendly and not pushy, waiting for you if you want. This is an amazing city, but seriously don't waste your time at this location that may end up getting you hurt, or robbed in more ways than one. I post almost all positive reviews on here, but this was worth posting about the major disappointment. LOVE everything else about this city.
  • Very interesting place with a lot of history. Our tour guide was very knowledgable about the cemetery and it's history; the perpetual care signs, and what they meant for the varies cemeteries, are both fascinating (and a little morbid).
  • Interesting, but you are better off going to one of the free ones in town