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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  • Must enter with a tour, no one is allowed in without one. Can purchase across the street in the visitors center. This is a must in New Orleans, Nicholas Cages mausoleum is there for his future demise....  more »
  • I’m so glad we got to see this place while we were in town. You have to be part of a tour to enter so we booked ours in advance through Save Our Cementaries. Our guide was Fran and she was great. She ...  more »
  • We added the cemetery tour to our carriage ride thru the French Quarter and the extra $20 cost was well worth it! Our driver David was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor too! We spent a...  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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