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    Jackson Square

    by JessieLang Written Jul 17, 2013

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    The Square itself was quiet when I was there, but it is surrounded by all sorts of activity. Carriages line up on Decatur Street in front of the square waiting for passengers, and street performers may be entertaining across the street from it. On the other side of the square, Chartres Street is a pedestrian area. Artists have their wares displayed on the fence, fortune tellers sat at tables, and a brass band was playing. The numerous benches were occupied by a mix of locals, tired tourists, people listening to the music, and a few sleeping drunks.

    The Cathedral and two state museums are right there by the Square (see separate tips.)

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    The Heart of French Quarter

    by meteorologist1 Written Mar 30, 2013
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    Perhaps one of the most recognizable scenes of New Orleans, Jackson Square with the St. Louis Cathedral is a must-see of New Orleans. You will find this square in the heart of the French Quarter after wandering through the narrow streets. A very unique and historical area and a great place to take a memorable picture.

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    Jackson square

    by kokoryko Updated Jul 24, 2011

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    Jackson square is best seen from the levee between the river and Decatur Street, in front of St Louis Cathedral (picture 1); this place is very touristy, with the mule carriages on Decatur, and around are many souvenir and “popular art” vendors.
    This guy you see on his rearing up horse was the 7th president of the US (he is on the 20 US$ banknotes) is here in New Orleans mostly known for his role as a military and specially during the battle of New Orleans (Jan. 1814) he won against the English; strangely there is few mention of Jean Lafitte, the French pirate (well, pirates have no nationality!) who more than helped him to win this battle during which Jackson led 4000 untrained tacky Lafitte followers against the trained British troops.
    Around the square, lots of souvenir sellers (picture 2), and inside, below palm trees and amongst beautiful rhododendrons, during the French Quarter Festival, a huge crowd, here for listening to music, watch buskers, eat barbecue food and drink beer!
    Visit Jackson Square early morning, you will have nice views on the cathedral and then enjoy the atmosphere near the river.

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    New Orleans's historical square

    by Jefie Updated Jun 26, 2011

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    Jackson Square was originally known as "Place d'Armes" ("Plaza de Armas" in Spanish), a place where, following European tradition, troops would assemble for drilling exercises and criminals would be sentenced and executed in front of an eager crowd. In 1850, at the same time when the Pontalba Buildings were erected and the cathedral was enlarged, the small square was turned into an urban park and was renamed after General Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans (an equestrian statue of the general sits in the middle of the park). Although I did enjoy sitting in the shade on one of the square's numerous benches, I actually had more fun walking around the park. Numerous street performers, musicians, artists, fortune tellers and so on gather around Jackson Square on any given day of the week to entertain visitors, which makes for a very lively ambience during the day and early in the evening. It's probably not the kind of place where you'll want to spend countless hours, but it's definitely worth stopping by to soak up the history and atmosphere.

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    Jackson Square

    by mindcrime Updated Dec 24, 2010

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    Jackson Square is a great spot for taking some great pics of you with the St.Louis Cathedral at the background. There are several benches to relax and ideal for people watch or the area where you will just take the carriage tour. And don’t forget that you are next to dozens of restaurants, the cathedral (no admission), the Cabildo and the Presbytere. The green makes it really pleasant and you also admire the square from the other side of Decatur street where you can overlook the square (pic 3) or see other couples kissing like models for the photographer (pic 4) :)

    There are many street artists around, musicians, vendors, perfomers and dozens of painters that are obsessed NOT to take any pic of their items (a woman started to scream at a tourist when she tried to take a pic)!! I was checking her work at that time but because of her attitude we just walked away.

    In the middle of the square lies a large statue of general Andrew Jackson(1767-1845) who was in charge during the battle of New Orleans(1815) and later became the seventh president of USA(1829-1837).

    The bad thing in the square is the smell of urine at the alleys around the square.

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    Jackson Square....my favorite place in New Orleans

    by sabogg01 Written Sep 28, 2009

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    Beautiful place located in the French Quarter. Was nice to just sit, relax, and people watch. Musicians were all around the square performing and artists were plentiful. A very unique place in the heart of the French Quarter. If you go to New Orleans you must stop by here.

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    Jackson Square

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    This square in front of St Louis Cathderal is named after Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Jackson and his Tennessee volunteers sucessfully defended the city from attack by the Duke of Wellington, who was just coming off his victory over Napeleon at Waterloo. The battle was for nought as unbeknownst to both sides a peace treaty had been signed in London a few weeks before.

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    andrew jackson statue

    by doug48 Written May 30, 2009

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    the andrew jackson statue is located on jackson square in the french quarter. jackson was the commander of american forces during the battle of new orleans. the battle of new orleans was a decisive american victory over the british in the war of 1812. general jackson was also the military governor of florida and later became the united states 7 th president.

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    Jackson Square

    by klj&a Written Apr 17, 2009
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    There's a gated garden area right near Cafe du Monde, called Jackson Square. It's a great place to relax after spending the day walking around the French Quarter. While I was there, there were many local artists selling their art.

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    1850 House--A Peek At An Earlier Era

    by VeronicaG Updated Dec 13, 2008

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    Being old house lovers, my husband and I were eager to explore the interior of the Pontalba buildings located on both sides of Jackson Square, erected by Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, daughter of the benefactor of St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and the Presbytere, Don Andres Almonester y Roxas.

    The 1850 House is a National Historic Landmark overseen by The Louisiana State Museum. Each room has been furnished as though the Baroness herself was reigning over this Antebellum-style home. It was a very prosperous time in the city and this is reflected in the beautiful decor.

    An immense carved bed holds sway over the Master bedroom and not too far from the parents room is the children's bedroom, a dear little space with tiny tea set and small scale furniture (pic #2)while on the lower level, a kitchen staffed by slaves was located (pic #3).

    We missed the guided tour, which I believe is scheduled twice a day. Visitors have access to this historic home during normal business hours for a self-guided tour.

    Admission is adults $6; Students, Seniors and Active Military $5; Children 12 and under are free. If combined with other museum tours, a 20% discount is applied.

    Hours are Tues.-Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 12n-5pm; Closed on Mondays and major holidays,

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    Memorable Jackson Square

    by VeronicaG Updated Dec 11, 2008

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    New Orleans' colonial roots can be seen in Jackson Square. It's a lovely slice of the city, bearing respectable old buildings such as St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, Presbytere, the Pontalba apartments and the dramatic statue of Andrew Jackson (pic #2).

    This is where artists display their paintings, where you can book a carriage ride or drift over to nearby French Market where you can sample cafe au lait and beignets or wander through a flea market. I think this is a good starting point to familiarize yourself with New Orleans--it was grey and rainy when we stepped foot here, but this is an attractive part of the city and full of life!

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    Take a Walk in Jackson Square

    by ATXtraveler Written Nov 25, 2008

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    Jackson Square is one of the local places in New Orleans that has been known by several names over the years. Since the area has been occupied by the Spanish, French and Americans, this center of town has multiple personalities. Originally dubbed Plaza de Armas by the Spanish, this plaza was created as a place for military drills and ceremonies to take place. The French also called this Place du Arms, and continued the tradition of its military history. When the US purchased the Louisiana Purchase from the French, this is where the ceremonial signing took place. The plaza was then renamed to Jackson Square as an honor to Andrew Jackson, the hero of the 1812 Battle of New Orleans, as well as the President of the United States.

    Overall, there are plenty of benches, so on a beautiful day would be a great place for a picnic. Outside the walls of the park are plenty of local artists, and buskers.

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  • Carriage Rides and Dogs Allowed

    by greytpyrs Written Jul 14, 2008

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    We were allowed to take our dog on a carriage ride. He was well behaved, sat through the entire ride through the French Quarter in the carriage held by his leash. Some of the mules/donkeys or whatever they are don't feel comfortable with dogs so be sure to ask first. We didn't have a problem and its unlikely that you will have a dog larger than our Great Pyrenees. The tour guide was wonderful and didn't mind at all. We had the whole carriage and it was $60 for about half an hour. Make sure your dog is comfortable sitting for a long period of time and won't try to leave or jump out. Our dog is used to a golf cart so he really enjoyed seeing the people go by, if not the historic sites. We learned a lot, even if we are locals. It put our baby right to sleep!

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    Jackson Square

    by malianrob Updated Feb 23, 2008

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    Jackson Square used to be called Place d'Armes and was originally founded in 1718. The name was later changed to Jackson Square and a statue of Andrew Jackson is in the center of the square.
    Apparently this was a place where public executions were carried out. Also Jackson Square was the place that President Bush made a speech at after Hurricane Katrina.
    Jackson Square is a nice place to visit and hang out for a while. Maybe get a beignet and coffee at Cafe du Monde which is right in front of Jackson Square like we did. We walked around, took pictures and enjoyed our morning.

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    Charming Jackson Square

    by msbrandysue Written Oct 20, 2007

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    Jackson Square is a charming part of New Orleans. People are everywhere but there is a stillness to it. It provides anything and everything of New Orleans for you. There is a great variety of shops around. There are historical markers and places to visit such as the 1850 Museum. There is, of course, Cafe DuMonde that you must visit! Go inside the Cathedral, as well, to get a break from the heat (if summer) and take in the beauty of the art inside the church.

    Also, don't forget to take a walk in the actual park. It is kept very well. I even saw a bar of soap and towel left for those to bathe in the fountain. Very hospitable, huh?

    Make sure you also go see the Mississippi River! It isn't the most beautiful view but it is breathtaking when you walk up to it from the street.

    While doing all of these things listen for the horses carrying the passengers in the buggies. And don't miss the street musicians playing in the background.

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