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St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

#4 of 48 in Historic Sites in New Orleans
Church · Architectural Building
Experience the majestic 18th-century architecture and stately appearance of St. Louis Cathedral. Located in the historical Jackson Square facing the Mississippi River, the cathedral serves as one of the French Quarter’s anchoring landmarks and is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States. Walk through the cathedral’s main hall to admire the high, painted ceilings and arched windows before taking a seat in one of the pew’s to enjoy a few moments of silence. Check the cathedral’s schedule online if you are interested in attending a service. Make St. Louis Cathedral a part of your New Orleans vacation plans using our New Orleans trip itinerary planner.
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  • Love to hear the bells ring at the top of the hour. Easy to get to from the Canal St Streetcar and not far from Cafe Du Monde  more »
  • This is one of our favorite spots. Always something going on and we love going there every year. It's great for family photos.  more »
  • Upon first glance of the St. Louis Cathedral, nestled within Jackson Square, it is like looking at a painting. The high, towering spires and iconic architecture silhouette the blue sky. It is like an image of old-world France right in the middle of busy downtown New Orleans. Unfortunately, on the weekend we were there, the French Quarter festival was going on. And while it was a great time, the city and especially Jackson Square were crowded beyond comprehension. Once we finally navigated our way through the masses, we came to the cathedral, which itself was a quiet, peaceful sanctuary among the chaos. I was in awe of the high vaulted ceilings and opulent interior. The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. It's a pretty amazing place.
  • Beautiful temple. The stain glass windows are amazing. The art on the ceilings is equally beautiful. There is no doubt it is a place worth visiting in New Orleans. Once there, offer up a prayer for our beloved country.

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