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Lafayette Square, New Orleans

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Lafayette Square is the second-oldest public park in New Orleans, Louisiana (after Jackson Square), located in the present-day Central Business District. During the late 18th century, this was part of a residential area called Faubourg Sainte Marie (English: St. Mary Suburb).The park was designed in 1788 by Charles Laveau Trudeau aka Don Carlos Trudeau (1743–1816), Surveyor General of Louisiana under the Spanish government; who later served as New Orleans' acting mayor in 1812, after Louisiana statehood. The Square was named after Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and general who fought on the American side in the American Revolutionary War. The park has a bronze statue of Henry Clay in the center of the park, and statues of John McDonogh and Benjamin Franklin on St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street.Gallier Hall, the former City Hall of New Orleans faces the square on St. Charles Avenue. Although the city government has moved elsewhere, the square is still used for inaugurations and civic events. The square also often hosts live music.
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  • Stroll around this clean and well kept park, it is one city block with a few nice monuments. Easy walk from other sights.  more »
  • Timing is everything. Visited NOLA when he Wednesday music sessions in the square were on. Top quality musicians in a superb open area environment  more »
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  • Lafayette Square has a lovely walking track you’re close to the CBD in able to go there on your lunch hour. They have wonderful festivals likes Wednesdays in the Square. You can always find valet parking for your bicycle if you’re a frequent Bicyclist. They are blue bikes parked nearby if you decide you want to take a bicycle ride and don’t have one. The post office is their cute little coffee shop right in that little area. You don’t have an excuse not to stop by.
  • Our first time in NOLA and it likely wont be our last. We took a walk to the Lafayette Square and it was relaxing, beautiful and a great place just to lay back and daydream. Highly recommend it.

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