Cemeteries, New Orleans
Favorite thing: All the cemeterries we tried to see were closed on Sundays!!! Abd they closed by Noon on Saturdays....2:30 or 3 on Weekdays... Just be sure you plan your day alittle ahead of time and dont think you are always going to have time to do it all later... DO it now....My real suggestions is to book a tour... and then you can see it all and not ahve to worry about the times and such!
Favorite thing: I don't know what it is about cemeteries, but wherever I travel, I feel the need to see where its people are buried. I think it's one of the ways to learn about the culture. All people have certain rituals that they go through in life, and they may be different according to culture. But this is one that everyone has in common. In New Orleans, the crypts are above ground, as you see here. You can select from several cemetery tours which show where famous people are buried.
The cemeteries in New Orleans are referred to as "the cities of the dead" because of the above ground tombs. They are built this way because the city is actually below river level and the ground is too wet to bury the dead.
Fondest memory: The most popular cemetery is probably St. Louis Cemetery #1 because of the people who are buried there. Some of The Big Easy's most influential citizens are buried here, most in ornate and beautifully constructed tombs. Perhaps the most famous inhabitant is the famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau. I skipped #1 and instead visited St. Louis Cemetery #3, which is pictured here. It's located on Esplanade Avenue outside the French Quarter just outside City Park. There are four main cemeteries in the city that are worth visiting: St. Louis #1-3 and Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District. It is suggested that you visit the cemeteries during the day and with a tour group because of some safey concerns, but St. Louis #3 and Lafayette are fine to visit alone during the day.
Favorite thing: Visit the cemetery. It's one of a kind. Being so flat and so close to the river the soil is always wet. As a result they couldn't burry the deads in the ground. Because of that, the cemetery is full with little monuments instead of the usual tombstones of ordinary cemeteries.
Visit the cemeteries!!!!
The majority of people are buried above grounds b/c New Olreans is basically a swamp.
My favorites are St. Louis #1 and Lafayette. St. Louis #1 is extremely old and beautifully decrepit. Many of the tombs are in disrepair, but this only adds to the feeling one gets when walking around.
This picture is of one of the most intriguing spots in the cemetery. (Actually I shot many rolls of film in the cemetery, and I'll add to these eventually).
Favorite thing: New Orleans is below sea level, making burial impossible in the city. New Orleans solved that problem by building these above ground tombs. Entire families can be buried in these crypts. The tomb to the left is believed to be that of the famous voodoo queen, Marie Laveau.
Favorite thing: Grave site inside St Luis Cemetary No. 1, a few steps away from Marie Laveau's tomb. I don't know the story on this particular grave, but judgeing by the 'decorations', I would guess the entombed practiced voodoo.
Visit Bourbon Street! But that's only the beginning, there's so much to see and do.
Fondest memory: One of the most interesting things we did was to take a Cemetery Tour. Kind of creepy and lots of fun if you have a good tour guide.