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2nd trip to Nola and had to stop in again

This was our second visit to New Orleans and we hung outside the church on Sunday morning till after service so we could get a quick look inside. We were only inside for about 10 minutes. There was a sign that said no phone, camera ect but not sure if that's during services or applies to all times.

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Feb 05, 2016

2nd time visiting the cathedral

A Very beautiful cathedral. Love the architecture and the design. The murals inside were very beautiful as well.We were there on a Sunday and hung around until services were over so we could get a quick peak. There are signs saying no pics or cell phones but not sure if that is always or just during services. I can see not using cell or camera during services.
The cathedral is as lovely as I'd remembered and well worth a quick look. Outside is lots of activity .. fortune tellers, people peddling their art, street performers.

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Jan 30, 2016

Gorgeous Cathederal and love the shadow at night

We only spend a few days in New Orleans but the Cathedral was within easy walking distance so we checked it out at different times of day. In the day there are people selling art ect in front of the church .. plus street performers. At night theres a neat shadow ... I wondered if that was a happy accident or intentional . The inside is lovely too but the shadow makes it very unusual.

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Aug 29, 2015


The present cathedral is the third church to rise on this site. Rebuilt from a second structure, 1849 to 1851, the church is dedicated to the sainted French king Louis IX. The central tower was not in the original plan but added later. French presidents and Pope John Paul II have paid visits to the church. There is a garden on the Royal Street side of the cathedral appropriately named Cathedral Garden. In the middle is a statue of Jesus standing with his arms outstretched. Local football fans refer to the statue as “Touchdown Jesus” for the shadow on the cathedral wall resulting from night lighting.

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Jun 13, 2015
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St. Louis Cathedral

The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest continuously occupied cathedral in the United States. It was originally built in 1720. (The parish has been continuously occupied, but the building itself has been rebuilt or remodeled several times and isn’t the original.) The interior is very attractive and worth a look.

Located between the two State Museums

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Jul 17, 2013

St Louis Cathedral

The official name of this church is: Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France, and this says all! France, the elder daughter of the Roman Catholic Church, Louis IX, the saint king of France, Basilica, consecrated by the Pope. . . . good it has all these titles, as this church is from historical or architectural viewpoints a rather common building, except it is located on Jackson Square, and can be seen in nice perspectives(picture 1).
The cathedral has been built in 1789 (year of the French Revolution!) on the ruins of the first church (built in 1727) which burned the year before, and renovated in 1849.
The building is quite recent and the décor inside is even more recent, generally; most interesting are the painted glass windows which represent scenes of St Louis’ life. Picture 2: St Louis in Tunis on Crusade, St Louis the Cathedral builder (picture 3). . . . .
Peter, Paul, other saints, angels, . . . make the décor behind the altar in a very baroque style (picture 4), as are the paintings on the ceiling (picture 5).
In the cathedral is also a copy of St Louis’ bible, a statue of Jeanne d’Arc, paintings of saints or St Louis; you can spend a lot of time visiting this landmark of New Orleans, looking at all the décor.

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Jul 24, 2011

The heart of New Orleans

Overlooking Jackson Square and flanked by the magnificient Cabildo and Presbystere, St. Louis Cathedral has become one of the city's most cherished landmarks thanks to its elegant white facade and high steeples. It's actually the third church to be built on the same site, the first (built in 1718) having been destroyed by a hurricane in 1722 and the second (built in 1725) having been destroyed by the Great Fire in 1788. The current building dates back to 1789, and it officially became a cathedral in 1793, making it one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States. Not much remains of the original structure since the cathedral had to be significantly enlarged in 1850 to meet the needs of a growing parish. Unfortunately, due to some errors made when drawing up the plans, practically everything that was part of the old building collapsed and had to be replaced. Although I can't compare it with the original church, I think it's safe to say that the architects did a remarkable job with the new cathedral, both inside and out. It's definitely worth going inside (admission is free) to see the main altar, stained glass windows, and painted ceiling.

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Jun 25, 2011

Cathedral of St. Louis

I really wasn't expecting this to be as enjoyable as I found it. I'm sure you'll see the church while in New Orleans but I would recommend going inside. It is very beautiful. I would especially recommend at least a short stop for the decorated ceilings. See picture...

In the middle of July (when I went) it really was a safe-haven from the heat. Definitely take the time to stop in and "say a little prayer for you!"

It is a Catholic church. There is a gift shop here which is great for those devoted grandmothers and such. Come Sunday and catch a mass :)

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Apr 04, 2011

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St Louis Cathedral

This is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the entire US, established as a parish in 1720. So began Louisiana's Catholic heritage--a vital part of the state's culture. This is why the state of Louisiana has "parishes" instead of counties, as the other states have.

It's a beautiful piece of work. Not as imposing as some in Europe, but it's worth your while to walk all the way around it and have a good look. This is the very center of the city.

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Apr 04, 2011

St.Louis Cathedral

St.Louis Cathedral is beautiful! We visited 2 times actually, one during the mass and another day to take pictures of the interior (like the altar, the ceiling, some paintings etc) It was very calming comparing to the bustle outside in the general area of French Quarter. It’s so easy to visit it as it is centrally located right on Jackson square which is the center of French Quarter. We spent some time checking at the windows, you can find St.Louis at some of the lower ones. There’s a small gift shop too.

The cathedral is the oldest catholic cathedral in continual use in USA, it’s there since 1718 although it was destroyed by the fire (1784) and was rebuilt 10 years later. Have in mind that it was much smaller than the one we see today though.

It’s with no doubt a landmark for the area, I loved it looking at it from many different spots in the city as it dominates the skyline in French Quarter. Even at night its beautiful to see, check how the backside of the church looks like at pic, I loved the reflection of the statue on the cathedral’s wall.

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Dec 24, 2010

Beautiful Cathedral that looked like Disney

The St. Louis Cathedral - Basilica is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the U.S.; since 1718. Flags in front represent countries New Orleans has been under. Statues of Mary, St. Joseph, Joan of Arc, St. Louis, St. Anthony, St. Therese adorned the church. The life of St. Louis is depicted on the lower windows on both sides of the church. Our visit the the beautiful cathedral was hampered by the aggressive beggars inside.

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Apr 03, 2010

saint louis cathedral

located on jackson square saint louis cathedral is the most recognizable land mark in new orleans. the first church of st. louis was built on this site in 1718. in the great fire of 1784 the church of st. louis was destroyed. a new church was built between 1789 and 1794. in 1850 the cathedral of saint louis was extensively remodeled to the form that you see today. the saint louis cathedral also known as the basilica of st. john king of france and is one of the top historic attractions of new orleans.

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Jun 01, 2009

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Getting to St. Louis Cathedral


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