St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

St. Louis Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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The major landmark of the French Quarter is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the U.S.
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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Alyssa M
24 contributions
Majestic cathedral
Jul 2021
We were here during the funeral service to honor former Lt. Governor James”Jimmy” Edward Fitzmorris Jr. There were bagpipes playing. - July 7, 2021
Written 31 July 2021
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Jason G
Philadelphia, MS10 contributions
Worth the Trip!
Jul 2021
One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited! We had the privilege to witness a baby getting christened. Very humbling experience. The architecture and stained glass within the cathedral is breathtaking! Anyone who visits New Orleans must visit St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square!
Written 25 July 2021
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JAEMaurice
Auburn, WA98 contributions
Just Beautiful!
Jun 2021
Bring cash!!!

Need a place to cool off and sit in peace. This is the place.

As soon as you enter the main cathedral your jaw will drop. It is simply a beautifully maintained church and it is so inviting. Sit a while and say a prayer or two.

I wanted to do the self-guided tour, but I didn't have any cash on hand and it didn't feel right to just take the brochure. So, when we come next year, I will have cash for one next time. It seemed the people that had one really enjoyed the church more.

You are in a building that is 280 years old!! It's amazing.
Written 8 July 2021
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Jim W.
Atlanta, GA762 contributions
Worth at least a quick stop if you are at Jackson Square
Jun 2021
We stepped inside the cathedral for a quick look. It is worth stopping by to see the interior, which is architecturally elaborate. They may offer formal tours here, but we did not have time to check on that.

The building fronts on Jackson Square, so it is convenient to check out while you're at the squire.

One welcome aspect - the temperature inside the cathedral is quite cool. On a hot summer day in NOLA, even a quick 5-minute break inside the cathedral can be a huge relief from the sun an humidity.

Worth checking out!
Written 5 July 2021
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Heather B
Bentleyville, PA70 contributions
Beautiful church!
Jul 2021 • Family
Beautiful church to stop by and see. The architecture is so beautiful and ornate. Seems so strange that it’s right in the heart of all the chaos of the French Quarter, yet inside is so peaceful!
Written 5 July 2021
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Jim M
The Villages, FL22 contributions
AQmazing Church
Jun 2021
We loved our visit to this historic church. We were blessed to have met a wonderful docent who told a wonderful story about the history of the church. Outstanding Job!!
Written 2 July 2021
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Leland C
26 contributions
What unbelievable beauty and history. You can go to church here.
Jun 2021
This church has something for everyone. You can attend a service, or take a self guided tour, light a candle in honor or remembrance of someone, sit or kneel and pray, or just admire the beauty. Social distancing observed with masks. You shouldn't pass it by just because you aren't Catholic. Plus, it's free. But you can make a donation if you choose to.
Written 30 June 2021
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xcheck28
Sandusky, MI320 contributions
Beautiful
Jun 2021
Beautiful church inside and out. Great design, lovely stained glass windows and excellent ambiance. Free to visit.
Written 25 June 2021
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS2,772 contributions
Historic French Quarter Landmark!
Jun 2021 • Friends
You will not see pictures of the French Quarter without one of it's most notable landmarks - St. Louis Cathedral. It is the oldest cathedral in continuous use in the United States. It was dedicated to King Louis IX, and the stained glass windows on the first floor of the cathedral portray momentous occasions in his life. The St. Louis Cathedral is an impressive structure, and the inside is very beautiful. It is open to the public from 8:30 to 4pm most days, and is a must see when visiting the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Written 23 June 2021
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aggiemom20002000
Houston, TX321 contributions
In Awe
Jun 2021
Beautiful and so moving. The history and architecture are amazing. This city has seen it's share of heartache, but this is a reminder of peace and moving forward.
Written 13 June 2021
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