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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  • August 14, 2017
    Keep in mind that to get in to see this cemetery, you must be accompanied by a registered tour guide. That will cost you $20 but wait - it's worth it. They know the history and that's really key to un...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This Cemetary is So full of New Orleans history. It's worth the $20 for the 45 minute tour. The tour guide is full of history.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We really enjoyed our tour with Miss Mary B. She is a great historian and very sweet lady. I would do it again. Wonderful time!  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    Some very powerful people are in this cemetery. fFamous scene from the movie Easy Rider was shot here. Best to visit when it is cooler weather, humidity is brutal here.
  • June 29, 2017
    You must have a tour guide to enter the cemetery. It is no longer open to the public and the charge is 20 dollars per person. After that, I must say it is well worth the charge.
  • June 30, 2017
    I attended the tour and paid the $10 because my grandmother would have been buried there. I did not have the photo of the tomb. We saw Nicholas Cages pyramid tomb which has been hit by lightening twice. It had "perpetual care" and the catholic church repaired the damage which seemed slight. We saw two tombs for Voo doo Queen Marie Catherine Leveau. One is made of red brick and the other is more white. I will attach photos. The tours are the only way to tour the cemetery because someone painted the red brick tomb of Marie Leveau a pepto pink. The Catholic Church closed the cemetery to the public because of this vandalism. The red brick tomb has a hole on the top and a photo shows that ferns are growing in the opening. The sign stated that tour prices were $20 but we were charged $10. $20 is too much to just walk around a cemetery and look at tombs.
  • May 13, 2017
    $20 dollars to enter?! Tried to explain that I wasn't moving in (maybe they thought I didn't look so well)! I refuse to pay twice what lunch cost to go round a cemetery. For $5, I probably would have.
  • March 21, 2017
    You have to pay $20 to get in for a mandatory tour, been going for free n taking friends and family. Now they're making me pay, not a small fee but $20 per person. It's a racket the profiteering off all these tourists coming in, where's all this money going, they can hire security guards to make sure the tombs don't get vandalized, but at $20 per person and 10 people each tours every 15 minutes you do the math this money is getting put in the somebody's coffers. It's just a money grab go to the cemetery just north of it you can get a good flavor without having to do the 45-minute mandatory $20 tour. RIP OFF!!!!!!

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