St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans
Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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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This cemetery is full of history and decaying beauty. Take an umbrella for the sun (or rain(, but definitely get a tour through this cemetery!
If you have time while in NOLA, one of the sites that is a must see is the Cemetery. Of course famed for Marie Laveau, it also is home to many notable people from NOLA.
This cemetery is only 10 blocks north of Bourbon street. It is a fascinating look at history and culture. I highly recommend you hire a guide. Most tours take about 45 minutes and run from $15 to $25.... read more »
Been coming to New Orleans for years. Never had to pay to walk around. Now they require a tour guide. Stated reason was vandalism. Good thing the walls are so short to keep out vandals so they can charge honest families to walk around. Sticking with Charleston SC for the future. New Orleans has become to much about the money.
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.
We were "greeted" at the entrance of the cemetery by the rudest man in all of New Orleans. No "good afternoon", no "May I help you", no "how are you", just a yell "stop right there, you heard the man outside, you need a guided tour to enter". I asked him why he was treating us like that and he just kept quiet and staring us down. Needless to say, our visit to the cemetery ended right there. This is no way to treat visitors from other countries.
Very interesting place to visit. Nicholas Cage pyramid vault.... Odd and out of place in this wonderful old walk thru the past. Loved the chance to go inside St. Louis #1.
You can only visit as part of a tour, but your guide will make your visit very informative and worthwhile. An amazing place, but be aware that on a hot day it can be 10-20 degrees hotter inside the cemetery than it is on the street. Take water, no booze allowed.
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