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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
St. Louis Cathedral or Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France in Jackson Square of the French Quarters along the Mississippi River.
Built in 1718, this is oldest continously operating cathedral in the US. This church lines Jackson Square.
Look to the heavens!
The painted ceiling inside Saint Louis Cathedral isn't quite the work of Michaelangelo, but it's lovely nevertheless.
In the church's sanctuary, 10 large stained-glass windows depict the life and death of King Louis IX, King of France. Several archbishops who have served this Cathedral are also buried here.