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Old Ursuline Convent

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Address: 1112 Chartres St, At Ursuline, New Orleans, LA
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+1 504-529-3040
10:00 - 16:00
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Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters...

Dating back to the mid-18th century, this convent housed the famous Sisters of Ursula, among the female pioneers of New Orleans.

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Women's history

The Old Ursuline Convent is a fantastic place to learn about a very important group of women and their contribution to the history of the French Quarter and early New Orleans. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Ursuline Convent is a fantastic place to learn about a very important group of women and their contribution to the history of the French Quarter and early New Orleans. It is an amazing story. The building and grounds are beautiful. Small exhibits are included. Be sure to check their event schedule - seeing concerts here is really a... More 

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Blue Ridge, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We tried 3 times to get in here and finally on the 3rd try we hit a day they are open. Winter and holiday hours apparently vary. Any way, we were thrilled with the beauty and history of this place . The architecture is amazing as well as the condition for a building over 200 years old. The entire property... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The convent certainly has an interesting history and the gardens are pretty, but there is not enough here to justify the $8 admission price. You see the first floor of the former convent building, which has a temporary exhibit on something, the old church (which is very pretty), and can walk around the gardens, but that is pretty much it.... More 

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Sweet Home, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

It is truly amazing that there were such dedicated and fearless women such as these. To see what they lived through, accepted as their life and served their fellow humans, is to leave you in awe of their selfless giving of themselves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Been wanting to see this for years now, so we took some time to do the self guided tour. There is a lot of history involving the religious orders of sisters doing good works for the city. The tour includes the attached church of St. Mary, which is very beautiful. This is well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

What a cool attraction, beautiful grounds rich with history A self guided tour with lots of information I liked the fact you weren't led around the grounds by a tour guide Very peaceful setting & an opportunity to escape some of NOLA surroundings A well valued experience

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Tifton, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

The cypress ceilings are worth it alone, but the lovely little lady who hosts you is the true gem. She was very knowledgable about the convent and the structure. She was born and raised in the area and can share an interesting vision on the Quarter in the 40s and 50s. The chapel will take your breath away.

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We had no plans to visit this convent and didn't even know it existed until we checked in to our hotel and saw it across the street. It was an unexpected gem in our trip. We were able to talk to friendly locals, get a cheap tour of a historic building, and learn something too. This is a great stop... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

It was a short self guided tour. Lots of history to look at. Absolutely love the high vaulted ceilings. I found it to be very in site full. They were preparing the outdoor garden for a wedding so we didn't feel right about going out to walk the grounds.

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The convent was completed in 1753. The complex consists of the convent, St. Mary's church, a gate house and gift shop. The facilities are often used for wedding. There are museum exhibits.

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