St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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. Make St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 part of your personalized New Orleans itinerary using our New Orleans online trip builder.
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  • Everyone loves to stroll through the cemeteries in NOLA to admire the tombstones elevated above the saturated earth. This is one of the classic cemeteries and one that attracts a lot of tourists.  more »
  • wanted to take a cemetery tour while in NOLA. it was family friendly, kids enjoyed it too, our tour guide was great. she was a great story teller and made it fun.  more »
  • This was an amazing tour. I learned so much about the history of New Orleans through this cemetery that I had never known and I was born in New Orleans! What really made this tour was our guide, Jim.....  more »
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  • The city’s oldest cemetery (created in 1789) is a maze of tombs and crumbling bricks. It’s widely believed that Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s remains are here. Many old city VIP are interred here. The most famous recent addition is a controversial tomb (it's a pure white pyramid) that Nicolas Cage will be buried in when he passes. Be advised that due to vandalism, a law was enacted that prevents visitation unless you are shadowed by an authority, so a tour is pretty much the only way in. Not a bad thing as many take you though the city -where an enjoyable education can be had.
  • A MUST WHEN IN NOLA! The $20 may seem like a lot for a tour, but honestly my tour guide was great! She made sure to tell us allll about the cemetery, and without her I would have just been walking around some random graves. This cemetery was fabulous & there was just so much history. So incredible. Highly recommend!
  • My family had a wonderful time learning about the heritage and the people of New Orleans from our guide Katrice. She was very friendly and made sure we didn't get overly hot during our tour. The cemetery is full of different types of tombs in differing states of wear and tear. It closes early, around 2 so get there early. We went around noon and it was so hot the sunscreen wouldn't stick! When I go again, it will definitely be in the morning. Also, you need to pay for a tour. No one is allowed to walk in and "just look around". Ours cost $20 per person. We felt it was worth it due to the history and our wonderful guide's knowledge of the area, offering other things to see and do in the city.
  • The Cemetery tour is a must do New Orleans Experience, and central to understanding the history of the city. You must take a tour - individuals are not allowed in on their own. Our tour guide estimated that nearly 100,000 people are buried in this very small, but most important cemetery. That's really hard to understand until he helps you understand how that's possible. It's a picture you won't forget. There's no shade during the tour, so bring water, sunscreen and a hat if possible.
  • Very informative however, the other tour that we’ve been on (Segway Tour) was very aware of the heat and the needs of it’s customers. The tour guide had a nice umbrella and some water. They could have offered water and an umbrella for their customers as well. I know that the proceeds of the tour goes toward tomb maintenance of deceased people who have no living relatives, but I don’t think water and reusable umbrellas are a huge cost to them that could make their customers more comfortable. I had to leave because I was feeling ill in 90deg heat.

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