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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans
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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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  • We took Ernie's Cemetery tour. Went through the Cemetery and got much insight into how New Orleans recycle the dead. 
  • A great location to learn to process of burial when your location is below sea level. We stumbled onto the church associated with this cemetery and were presented with the opportunity to have a tour. ...  more »
  • We had a great experience with our guide Denise. She could really tell a story. My husband and I visited the cemetery in 2009 without a guide. Not the same experience. You walk around and look at the ...  more »
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  • Great Cemetery. Old and spooky, even when you go there during the day. We had a tour guide, but it is better if you do a self guided tour, so you can move around as you wish. Be sure you check out Marie LaveauĀ“s grave. And just walk around, it is really impressing. Unlike other cemeteries, this one is really old and if you listen carefully, you can maybe hear or feel the dead.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 with a lot of history. Our tour guide was very knowledgable about the cemetery and it's history; the perpetual care signs, and what they meant for the varies cemeteries, are both fascinating (and a little morbid).