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St Louis Cathedral - New Orleans

One of the most popular and iconic places to visit in NOLA is St. Louis Cathedral. It's located on the edge of the French Quarter not far from the Mississippi River.

 

"The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. Despite its age, it is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever been to. It's free to get in, but they accept donations to help with their restoration effort. There is a great deal to see both inside and out, and all of it is immaculate.

 

There is a great written history of the church at their website here, but the short history is that it was founded in 1721, and the first permanent structures were put in place around 1727. The St Louis Cathedral was the first "brick in post" structure in NOLA. It burned down in 1788 and was rebuilt in 1799. The clock was put in place on 1819 and the organ in 1825.

 

When I was there, I didn't get to hear the organ play but I hear it is amazing. There is a music schedule and a schedule of masses on their website here: here and here.

 

One final tip - the legendary "Cafe du Monde" is only about a block away. This is an excellent place to take a break and have a cup of coffee and a beignet after your tour.

 

More information:

stlouiscathedral.org/tours.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Cathedral_(New_Orleans)

  

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Taken on June 14, 2012