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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  • Due to vandals as well as the desire to repair and refinish some of the graves, it costs $20 to enter, and you have to go with a tour guide. However, it is well worth the trip. They take credit card there as well. Parking is hard to come by, but there is a parking lot on the corner if you want to pay and make it easy. I parked about two blocks away and it was no problem. Make sure to check out Nicholas Cage’s future grave.
  • Went here on a tour with french quarter phantoms. Was very informative and inexpensive. The architecture of the tombs is very impressive. Learning about the people that are kept here as well as the history of the cemetery make the experience worthwhile. Most pathways are in good condition as well as the perpetual care tombs. There are many tombs that are in need of care but I feel that it adds to mood of this being such an old cemetery.
  • Fascinating historical cemetery. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the tombs and the people that are buried here. You'll also get to know the secret behind the 10 foot pole saying and learn more about New Orleans history, and why camera crews don't use this cemetery anymore.
  • Really cool looking wall around it. They wanted 40 dollars for my girldriend and i to take a 45 minutes tour of this tiny cemetery when we only wanted to see two spots. Not worth the time
  • Go to the French quarter phantoms and ask for Malika! She's amazing! It's a beautiful cemetery and filled with history! A must see stop to see the famous voodoo queens tomb and the future resting place of Nicholas cage lol. But seriously, he bought a plot of land and built a pyramid there.
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