St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

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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  • The Cemetery is just a 10-minute walk from the heart of the French Quarter. BE ADVISED, because of past acts of vandalism, you must now be part of a registered tour group to enter the cemetery. That s...  more »
  • The only downside to this cemetery is that it has to be visited as part of an official guided tour - whether the Save Our Cemeteries at the gate, various tour group agencies, or Free Tours by Foot, wh...  more »
  • I was expecting to go to one of the cemeteries you see on TV. After learning the history, I understand why it isn't one of those, but I found it very crowded. You can only enter with a tour group and ...  more »
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  • I read other reviews of people complaining about the price but I think it is totally worth the $20 per person. You learn a lot of history about the cemetery and the city in general. We had a great tour guide who was able to answer all of our questions and give great insight. She also had some book recommendations if we wanted to read more about certain occupants.
  • It was awesome, Jennifer is an ace guide. I was just telling my daughter I didn't want just any guide and we got her. She was alive, and real! We had fun exploring the graves. She made the whole excursion worth it! I would suggest this tour to anyone, it's great. But ask for Jennifer! And it's wheelchair friendly, she had a lot of outgoing concern for me, and made sure I was always ok!
  • Great affordable tour with Kathy Harrell Through FREE TOURS BY FOOT We paid the $2 mandatory church entrance fee and enjoyed 1.5 hour tour with Kathy. She was very passionate about the history and we learned quite a bit about the area through the tour.
  • I got to stop by this cemetery as a part of a mule carriage tour (on Royal Carriage Tours) and it was great! Our tour guide Jonathan was super knowledgeable and sweet. Seeing Marie Laveau's purported tomb was a highlight for me! Superstition says that if you draw 3 X's on the tomb, spin around three times and leave an offering, your wish will come true!
  • Used to love coming here when visiting family. Then they started charging $20 a PERSON! Forget that, there are plenty of other beautiful FREE cemeteries

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