St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

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    Cathedral

    by el_ruso Updated Sep 5, 2005

    This is located in the French Quarter close to Jackson Square. Its simplicity and austerity are beautiful, a necessary counterpoint to the style of the French Quarter residences. This is actually the oldest cathedral in the US!

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    A Minor Basilica

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 10, 2005

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    The website for the cathedral describes it as "A Minor Basilica"

    From the river, the Saint Louis Cathedral (or the Cathedral of Saint Louis King of France) dominates the skyline of New Orleans. I did not realize King Louis IX was a saint, but I'm not really up on my Catholic saints. Apparently the folks here in New Orleans felt that he was a saint, and dedicated this church to him in 1727.

    A Parish was established in 1720 in New Orleans, Louisiana and this site was designated for a church in the city plan of the Engineer-in-Chief of Louisiana, LeBlond de la Tour. This church was built of "brick between posts" (bnquete entre poteaux) construction. The designer of the first church, Adrien De Pauger died in 1726 before the church was finished and requested to be buried underneath of it. Other notables are also buried under the church including the remains of eight New Orleans bishops.

    It was rebuilt the first time after the great fire of 1788. The third church on this site with its tapering, slate-covered triple towers was built from plans drawn in 1849 by French-born architect Jacques N. B. de Pouilly.

    We did not get to go inside the church - we wanted to attend one of the free Christmas concerts, but were too tired, or it was too cold. I understand that the interior has been restored extensively and is not original. It looks like most of the stained glass windows depict the life of St. Louis.

    According to one review: Here he receives a blessing from St Blanche, his mother; there he marries. He builds a chapel, receives the crown of France, and departs for his first crusade across a wooden plank. Further on he visits a leper with lesions of hollow glass, and in the great lunette over the high altar Louis announces the Seventh Crusade

    Free tours available daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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    by CoAir13 Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    At the heart of Jackson Square, you'll find this French Provincial style cathedral with a baroque altar and frescoed ceiling. Open to the public. Regular masses are conducted throughout the week, so check before you walk in to take pictures!

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    Saint Louis Cathedral

    by Jonathan_C Updated Oct 15, 2004

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    Saint Louis Cathedral at dawn

    Saint Louis Cathedral, situated at the base of Jackson Park, is the focal point of The French Quarter. This very Catholic city has had a church at this location since 1727 making this the oldest continually active Roman Catholic cathedral in America. The original building burnt down in the fire of 1788. Another was built in 1794 but collapsed after a renovation project in 1849. The current building dates to 1851. The cathedral is built of wood as stone is pretty scarce in the Mississippi delta. The windows are built much smaller than other European churches in order to weather the occasional hurricane. But the overall effect is still lovely, making this a must see while you're in New Orleans.

    The Cathedral is open to visitors from 7 am to 5 pm and is well worth the visit. As you step from the busy street life on Jackson to the quiet interior of the church you'll feel yourself transported to an alternate reality, one of the many you can experience in the French Quarter.

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    by Jonathan_C Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    If you visit Saint Louis Cathedral in the morning, when all the rest of the French Quarter is still nursing their hangovers, you'll find the beautiful interior of the church quiet and contemplative. Your eyes will be delighted by the ornate Catholic iconography that surrounds you and your ears will welcome the silence that can be difficult to find outside. Sitting in the pews will afford you time to reflect on your experiences so far and plan those ahead.

    I find Catholic churches to be great places for self reflection. There is something about the organic chaos of saints and symbols and the 1700 year history that resonates with me and deepens my thought. Not an adherent of any church, I still find great solace in those moments when I contemplate my life, give thanks and ask for guidance from the great mystery.

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    St. Louis Cathedral

    by jadedmuse Updated Aug 8, 2004

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    Statue of Andrew Jackson in front of cathedral

    As the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States, this structure was originally established as a small basilica back in 1720, under French control. After a catastrophic fire left it in ruins, it was rebuilt and re-dedicated in 1851, and remains the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

    Since New Orleans is largely and historically a Catholic city, there's usually a long waiting list for marriages to be performed here...a very popular place. For visitors, it's free to enter - though a small donation is appreciated. It's lovely inside.

    In more sociologically relevant terms and bearing my personal witness, the St. Louis Cathedral is also the scene of many a slouched over and slowly shuffling local reveler doing penance on Ash Wednesday, as is the New Orleans custom after the culmination of all excess the previous day (Mardi Gras).

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    St. Louis Cathedral

    by Virtuous_Tourist Written Mar 5, 2004

    This is the oldest continually active cathedral in the United States.
    First constructed in 1724, It has been rebuilt twice, once after a fire and once after a hurricane.
    It has been flooded, cannonballed and struck by lightning but the church remains to this day.

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    Cathedral of St. Louis

    by tompt Written Nov 22, 2003

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    Cathedral of St. Louis, New Orleans

    The Cathedral of St. Louis is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the U.S. (re-dedicated in 1794, following the fire of 1724).

    The cathedral is the most outstanding building around the Jackson square.

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    St Louis Cathedral

    by aphrodyte Written Oct 24, 2003

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    St. Louis Cathedral

    St Louis Cathedral is a Catholic church currently serving masses on Saturdays and Sundays,it is also the oldest continuously active cathedral in the U.S.

    Originally built in 1724, and designed by a French engineer named Adrien de Pauger. The church was clearly intended to be the dominant element of New Orleans’ baroque city plan. Pauger, who died in 1726 before it was completed, requested that he be buried under the unfinished building at his request. The cathedral was later rebuilt in 1789-94 and again 1850.

    Upon entering the Cathedral, you are immediately struck by the dramatic effect of its numerous murals and symbolic decorations. Primarily Renaissance in style. There are many ornately stained glass windows that depict the life of King Louis IX, King of France later cannonized into sainthood.

    According to the legends of New Orleans, on certain rainy nights, in the hours before dawn, the crisp, clear voice of a man can be heard singing the "Kyrie" in the air between the St. Louis Cathedral and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

    Saturday 6:00P vigil mass
    Sunday 7:30A, 9:00A, 10:30A, and 12 noon
    Sacrament of Penance Saturday 5:00-5:45 pm

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    St Patricks Cathedral

    by Jmill42 Updated Jun 20, 2003

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    This is a good building to get familiar with. It is centrally located to all the fun of Bourbon St. and the surrounding areas. Plus, there are numerous places to eat, party, and most importantly, PARK! Take a minute or two to go into the church. The interior is very beautiful.

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    St. Louis Cathedral

    by Helga67 Updated May 13, 2003

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    St. Louis Cathedral

    St. Louis Cathedral, located in the historic French Quarter, is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. It was originally built in 1724 and rebuilt twice after a hurricane and a fire. The present church overlooks beautiful Jackson Square.

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    St Louis Cathedral

    by keeweechic Written Oct 25, 2002

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    This is one of New Orleans most notable landmarks with its soaring triple steeples being very visible from quite a distance, including the river. General Andrew Jackson on his bronze horse in the front of the church.
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    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Actually, the cathedral is neat to pop in and see, and it makes a great photo if you have your camera with you. Also, the area surrounding the cathedral is very nice, with street performers and vendors and such. I could imagine some pleasant mornings with a cup of coffe and a beignet, sitting in the square before all the crowds start pouring in.

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    St. Louis Cathedral

    by bradbeaman Written Jul 3, 2012

    St. Louis Cathedral or Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France in Jackson Square of the French Quarters along the Mississippi River.

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    St Louis Cathedral

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    Built in 1718, this is oldest continously operating cathedral in the US. This church lines Jackson Square.

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