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St. Augustine Church, New Orleans

#17 of 48 in Historic Sites in New Orleans
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
St. Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans is in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The parish was founded in 1841 under the episcopacy of Bishop Antoine Blanc, who later served as New Orleans' first Archbishop. Established by free people of color, who also bought pews for slaves, this is the oldest African-American Catholic parish in the nation. It was one of the first 26 sites designated on the state's Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

The property on which St. Augustine stands was once part of the Claude Tremé plantation. It is now one of two Catholic parishes in the Faubourg Tremé. The church is located on Saint Claude Avenue at Governor Nicholls Street, a few blocks from North Rampart Street and the French Quarter. It was designed by the French architect J. N. B. de Pouilly, who worked on the expansion and renovation of the more famous St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square.

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  • My first time visiting this historical landmark in an equally amazing history neighborhood (Treme). Everyone should visit and learn some history about the area as well as the significance of this...  more »
  • I have never had so much fun at church. The choir was lively with a large brass section. I felt like I had gone to a concert.  more »
  • An extremely localized and powerful Catholic mass experience with amazing song and delivery of the homily
  • It's an impactful place. Visit and learn.

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