Jackson Square has always been an open area and the heart of the French Quarter. Originally, known as the Plaza d'Armas, it was a large open common, used at times as military parade grounds, and later as a market place for fish, fowl, and produce.
Jackson Square faces the Mississippi River, and is bounded by the St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and the Presbytere on Chartres Street (the northwest side), and is flanked by the Upper and Lower Pontalba Apartments along St. Peter and St. Ann Streets. Inside is its namesake, a statue of Andrew Jackson, and hero of the Battle of New Orleans.
Surrounding Jackson Square is a pedestrian mall, and an iron fence that has been used for decades by artists, at times numbering 300 or more, who work and display at Jackson Square. Tourists have, for years, come to Jackson Square to purchase paintings of New Orleans, the French Quarter, and other topics, or to sit in the shade of the oak trees while having their portrait made.
Tourists have also enjoyed the shops on the ground level of the Pontalba Apartments. They include toys stores, gift and clothing stores, retailers of seasonings and candy, ice cream parlors and restaurants. It is very convenient for those waiting for their turn to have their portrait made.
Jackson Square is not without its share of intrigue, though. If you look inside the fence near the St. Ann Street gates, you can see a musket ball dent in one of the iron bars. According to the story, an enraged woman waited inside the square, and tried to assassinate her husband as he emerged from the building. The bullet hit the fence bar, and he was not injured.
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Interesting focal point of the French Quarter (antithesis to Bourbon Street's attractions). More historical and cultural sights here than Bourbon Street and more family oriented with artists, musicians, museums, Tarot card readers, street performers, etc.
Jackson Square was my compass rose while in the French Quarter. From here you always know where you are relative to everything else: up to Bourbon, out to Frenchmen, down to the water. And there's so much going on right here. You've got the church, the Cabildo, museums, restaurants, a park and all the street life that exists on the square both day and night. Best of all, Jackson square is open and free. If I had a week in NO I'd probably spend a whole day just in the square to see how it changes from morning to evening.
Originally known as the Plaza de Armas, Jackson Square is located in the heart of the French Quarter, facing the Mississippi River. You'll find the St. Louis Cathedral on one side, next to the Cabildo and Presbytere on Chartres Street, and flanked by the Upper and Lower Pontalba apartment buildings along St. Peter and St. Ann streets (either side). In the middle of all of this, is a small attractive, manicured park with a statue of Andrew Jackson.
All around the Square are local artists displaying their watercolors, paintings, and other crafts, with recent years seeing an influx of performance artists and street musicians. A pedestrian mall occupies the areas under the Pontalba apartments, although most of the items here are priced higher than you'll find elsewhere.
There's also a pretty helpful Visitor Center here, with lots of free materials and knowledgeable volunteers working for the French Quarter Preservation Society.
Jackson Sq. is the home of St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo and Presbytere, the buildings on either side of it which are both historical museums. The Square is flanked with shops and restaurants and centered by a large park featuring a huge statue of Andrew Jackson, hero of the battle of New Orleans. The park is closed after dark. The Square is also full of street vendors offering everything from portraits to fortunes.
New Orleans is full of places to just walk around, take pictures and really experience the city. Jackson Square is one of those spots. There is a small park to sit down and beautiful St Louis Church which was under construction at the time as well as shops, art galleries and cafes. Including the Cafe Du Monde where you can get their world famous beignets.
Jackson Square to me is the heartbeat of New Orleans. Bourbon Street might be the playground but Jackson Square has the heart and soul of the city. At first glance it almost looks like the entrance to Disney World. Here you can see the large memorial to Andrew Jackson and the St. Louis Cathedral.
Jackson square is a green park in the heart of the french quarter. Around the square it is a lively neighbourhood. Lots of tourists around. And when they are not watching a street performer they can have their fortune told by one of the many ladies or men offering their services.
Jackson Square is a great place to sit back & take it all in. Street performers and artists, locals and tourists, all very interesting. Bring a few bucks and request your favorite song.
Go to Central Grocery, get a Mufalletta and a cold Dixie beer and sit and watch the show.
Jackson Square sits almost right on the bank of the Mississippi and is the heart and soul of the French Quarter and New Orleans itself. It's a great place for people-watching. The focal point is St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest in the United States, which was built in 1794 (I know, all you Europeans think that's new!). The present structure dates to 1849. In front of the cathdral is the square which is a manicured garden and includes an statue of General Andrew Jackson who defending the city at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. As you can see, the cathedral was getting a facelift when I was there.
Jackson Square is the heart of the French Quarter. Originally known as Plaza D'Armas, it was used as a military parade ground and a central market.
A pedestrian mall and an iron fence surrond the square.
There is a large statue of Andrew Jackson.
If Bourbon Street is the "Center of Partying" for New Orleans, Jackson Square is the center of Cajun/Creole/Big Easy-Lifestyle. Located in the French Quarter this market place is surrounded by a church, and old French houses with lots of nice shops and restaurants. Sit down on a bench and observe the people on the square. A lot of street artists like musicians, jugglers, painters and breakdancers show their talents on Jackson Square. Lots of thieves, too. So watch your wallet.
Andrew Jackson was a major general in the War of 1812 and was a national hero because of his defeat of the British at New Orleans. His war accolades eventually won him the Presidency of the United States in 1832. The Square's statue of Jackson on his horse is one of the most recognizable monuments in New Orleans. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is bordered by the St Louis Cathedral, Cafe duMonde, the Mississippi River, and many, many shops. It is just a few hundred meters from the French Market, major hotels, a mall, and Bourbon St.
Nestled in Jackson Square, the imfamous St Louis Cathedral is a symbol of New Orleans. I trully enjoy the time I spent there both walking in the square looking at the mimes, artists, musicians, gypsys, and even the con-artists.
During the day the streets around Jackson Square: St Peter, Chartres and St Ann streets are full of artists. You will see magicians, blues musicians, brass bands and even palmists.