Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

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    Lafayette Cemetary

    by dustmon Written Nov 16, 2012

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    You don't need a guide to visit some of the cemeteries in New Olreans---we went to Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District--there is plenty of street parking around it, and walked around marvelling at the statues and vaults with old New Orleans names..Established in 1833, it is the only cemetery in NO dedicated to anyone---Theodore Von La Hache was a musician around the early 1800's who founded the New Olreans Philharmonic Society and the cemetery was dedicated to him. Take your time and enjoy the sunshine and the unusual sculptures. Maybe you can surreptitiously follow a group tour......:>

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    Lafayette Cemetery No 1

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2010

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    Lafayette Cemetery #1 is located at Garden District. It was established in 1833, it’s one of the oldest in the city and you can many different burial methods. It’s not a huge one and we felt completely safe walking around and we met only with 3-4 other visitors, it was very quiet in general.

    A guided tour is always suggested for visiting the cemeteries because it may be dangerous on your own but also because a guide is a good idea to learn some interesting stories and facts about some families, info about the burial techniques, the materials (stone, marble, iron) etc We had a very informative guide with us (it was a small group of 8 persons) and he gave us detail descriptions about the rituals, the burial traditions, the techniques etc

    Although it is weird to walk inside a cemetery as a tourist attraction it was interesting to see this above ground burial site, the city is below sea level so they don’t want to see the corpses floating around! Did you know that there was a time that they used long wooden poles to settle the coffins to the bottom so not float?!!

    It’s definitely an alternative way to see New Orleans, there are many pathways, some big tombs are impressive, many of them are used to bury whole families, some other families have just a stone drawer on the long wall.

    The tombs for kids always make you sad of course although it was nice to see that they have toys on them, at some others we saw some stone bibles or angels, there are stores that sell them but it was a surprise to hear that there are tourists that steal them for souvenir!!

    Some corners seem ideal for horror movies so it’s no surprise why it is often used in films. Don’t forget that some people may come here to mourn their deads, you may see a funeral in progress etc I was surprised of an open space where the relatives have barbeque “party” after the funeral!

    The cemetery is open mon-fri 7.00-14.30, sat 7.00-12.00 and closed on Sundays & holidays except mothers and fathers’ day when its open 7.00-17.00

    Enter at Washington Av or Sixth Street Gates, no pets allowed

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    Lafayette Cemetery

    by HasTowelWillTravel Updated Apr 23, 2009

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    The Lafayette cemetery is one of the famous raised cemeteries of New Orleans. It is delightful in an eerie kind of way, a kind of looking glass on history, seeing New Orleans from another perspective. It's quiet as you walk around, you can feel the bustle of the city fade into the ancient tombs, dating back from the early 19th century.

    The walking tours can give you a deeper glimpse of the ritual and history of the tours, how they bury whole families in the tombs, their creation and maintenance. It's an interesting, rarely-seen side of the city which makes it so unique.

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    lafayette cemetery no. 1

    by bobpaulson Updated Jun 27, 2008

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    the lafayette cemetery no. 1 is in the garden district and is great to wander through. it's beautiful in all of its decay. the neighborhood, garden district, is amazing to see and commanders palace is on the corner across the street.

    mon-fri 7am-2:30pm , sat 7am-12pm

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    Cemetery Tours

    by Starsa Written Dec 26, 2006

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    I went to the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 tour. It was the cemetery that the movie Double Jeopardy was filmed at and was also the inspiration behind Ann Rice's Interview with a Vampire... or so I was told. I thought it was a very interesting tour and had a few stories of the Yellow Fever outbreak in the 1870's.

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    My most favorite cemetery

    by ErinInMD Written Apr 14, 2006

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    I love this cemetery because of all the trees. Yes, it's in the Garden District and that should be a given and that could be why I love it.

    There is no real change to this cemetery since the hurricane. If you can only see one cemetery while in New Orleans, this is the one to see.

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    Lafayette Cemetery

    by SeanJFK Updated Aug 7, 2005

    A bit creepy at first glance, but once you are inside it is well worth any trepidations you may have. New Oreans is below sea level, so all the graves are above ground, and since space was minimal, many members of the same family are put inside the same grave. The cemeteries were not kept up by the city, so many of the graves are in poor condition. Do take caution, as this cemetery can be dangerous after dark.

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    by CoAir13 Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    In my opinion, the most beautiful cemetery in New Orleans. Treelined walkways provide shade over the resting places of Civil War soldiers and southern aristocracy alike. Sits right in the heart of the Garden District.

    Weekdays 7 am - 2:30
    Saturday 7- 12
    CLOSED Sunday

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    La Fayette cemetary nr 1

    by tompt Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    The cemetaries in New Orleans are different too.
    In early New Orleans, if you dug a hole you would soon have a hole filled with water because of the city's high water table and below sea-level elevation. As a result, a coffin would float in the grave. Men forced it to settle on the bottom with long wooden poles. This was thought to be rude. Next large holes were bored into the bottoms of coffins so water could enter and force the coffin to sink.
    Theaweful gurgling sounds of the coffins came to an end with the building of tombs above ground.

    The La Fayette Cemetary nr 1 is founded in 1833 and placed on the national register of historic places in 1972.

    The cemetary is closed on sundays.

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    Lafayette Cemetery

    by acemj Updated Nov 23, 2002

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    Located in the Garden District, this cemetery is famous as the setting of much gore in many of Garden District resident Anne Rice's novels. Beyond that reputation however, Lafayette Cemetery is a peaceful and picturesque cemetery that is the final resting place of many of the Crescent City's most influential citizens.

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    LAFAYETTE CEMETERY. From the...

    by steph4867 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    LAFAYETTE CEMETERY. From the gates of this cemetery in the Garden District you can see the lavish aboveground vaults and tombs of the families who built the surrounding mansions. Begun around 1833, this was the city's first planned cemetery, with symmetrical rows and roadways for funeral vehicles. In 1852, 2,000 yellow fever victims were buried here. The cemetery and environs figure in Anne Rice's popular trilogy, The Vampire Chronicles. Although the gates are generally open during working hours, it is not advisable to wander among the unguarded tombs.

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