Any direction you look, you will get a picturesque view. The statue is worth taking a picture or two (or five) of. Say hello to the carriage pulling donkeys. Stop and admire the street performers. Take a peak at the street art and crafts. Ironically named after the US President who threatened to burn down NOLA should the country lose the War of 1812, Jackson Square with the cathedral as the backdrop is perhaps one of the most picturesque locations in the city.
No NOLA photo album is complete without a beautiful picture here! Next to the square are the famous Cafe du Monde to indulge in beignets, the beautiful riverfront to admire city skyline, and the magnificent St. Louis Cathedral to take refuge from the world outside.
This should be your top destination in NOLA, and if you don't know where to start in your French Quarter adventure, start with Jackson Square!
Following the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, during the first half of the 19th century, the former military plaza was renamed Jackson Square, for the battle's victorious General Jackson.
I wasn't really interested in the sculpture nor the history as much.
What I enjoyed was the fusion of street markets, lively atmosphere, tree lined pedestrian mall, people selling their wares, others riding by on tall bikes and the wonderful street music and performers.
It is so nice to walk around Jackson Square. Totally recommend this place!
New Orleans got its start in 1719 but it was really after a 1721 hurricane shuffled things about that the city got its grid pattern with four blocks above and below the central square – the Place d’Armes. The Spanish changed the name of the square to Plaza de Armas and the Americans came up with the present version – Jackson Square – in 1851.
Named for a local town hero, Andrew Jackson – Seventh President of the United States, who led local forces to a resounding victory over British invaders at the Battle of New Orleans in the last act of the War of 1812. The statue – dates to 1856 – in the middle of the square has Jackson on his horse thinking about his next battle be it with the British, Federalists, or Native Americans. It is the World’s first equestrian statue where more than one of the horse’s hooves are not supported. The inscription at the base was added during the Civil War by the hated Federal general Benjamin Butler, who commanded the occupation of New Orleans. Butler used Jackson’s words from a time that Jackson had faced an earlier attempt by South Carolina to secede from the Union: “The Union must and shall be preserved.” Andrew Jackson’s name was added in 1982 for the benefit of the tourists.
The cast iron fence surrounding the square dates to 1851 while the fountain on the Chartres Street side was added in 1960 for a visit from French President Charles de Gaulle.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In front of Jackson Square there is an outdoor Greek style seating that provides great relief to aching feet and an amusing show. I have not seen any set times posted so it could be hit or miss. The fellows perform entertaining acrobatic moves, accompanied by music and humor. They have funny interaction with the tourists. Payment is through monetary donations, but no pressure.