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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

#8 of 48 in Historic Sites in New Orleans
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The name of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is misleading, because the cemetery is in New Orleans and is one of three. Each section of the cemetery is divided by number; cemeteries one and two are on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. Cemetery number three sits on Esplanade Avenue near Bayou St. John. Its graves are more elaborate than the first two sections, and this area houses the remains of local celebrities like Paul Sarebresole. The historic burial spot is notable for its above-ground vaults and graves. While you might think this is because of the high water table, the practice actually began with French and Spanish burial traditions. Make St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 part of your personalized New Orleans itinerary using our New Orleans online trip builder.
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  • We drove by here on a carriage tour. We could not go in but could catch a glimpse of the huge crypts. It was also interesting to learn how people are interred in there.  more »
  • The city’s oldest cemetery (created in 1789) is a maze of tombs and crumbling bricks. It’s widely believed that Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s remains are here. Many old city VIP are interred here. The most famous recent addition is a controversial tomb (it's a pure white pyramid) that Nicolas Cage will be buried in when he passes. Be advised that due to vandalism, a law was enacted that prevents visitation unless you are shadowed by an authority, so a tour is pretty much the only way in. Not a bad thing as many take you though the city -where an enjoyable education can be had.
  • A MUST WHEN IN NOLA! The $20 may seem like a lot for a tour, but honestly my tour guide was great! She made sure to tell us allll about the cemetery, and without her I would have just been walking around some random graves. This cemetery was fabulous & there was just so much history. So incredible. Highly recommend!

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