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The Sisters of Ursula established Catholic schools for African-American and Native American girls and set up the first orphanage in Louisiana. The convent is now home to Catholic archives dating back to 1718. It is the oldest building on record in New Orleans and the entire Mississippi Valley. It sits across from another historic site, the Beauregard-Keyes House, and is part of the Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial. It is open for self guided tours.
If you head just north of the historic French Quarter, you will find this spectacular example of late Victorian architecture at its best. Our Lady of Gaudalupe Catholic Church was founded in 1826, making her the oldest church in New Orleans. She contains many antiques that date back to the year of her birth in the 1800s. Tours are conducted by appointment. Admission is free.
Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church was built in 1930, but it is actually the second church of that name to stand in the same space. It is an almost identical replica to a church that was built there in the 1850s and later damaged by surrounding construction. It is notable for its Gothic Revival architecture. Inside, there are stained glass windows, an elaborate altar, and cast iron pews. It's easy to see why this church is a local landmark and a beautiful place to visit.
The Catholic community in New Orleans was well established and consisted of the French-speaking Creoles. This community did not welcome the new Irish immigrants who were also Catholic with open arms. The need for a Irish Catholic Church was addressed by St. Patrick's Catholic Church which was built in 1833. The Gothic church has beautiful interiors with crisscrossing arched ceiling, stained glass windows and beautiful murals. Visit this sanctity to offer your prayers or simply enjoy the tranquil surroundings of this place.
Masjidur-rahim literally means compassionate. The mosque is located in the Broadmoor neighborhood, and has become a symbol of Jewish-Islamic cultural exchange and dialogue. Prayers, discussions and community service are regularly held between various community leaders, turning to reality the dream of unity in diversity.
Set in the New Orleans skyline is the gilded dome of this beautiful Church of Saint John the Baptist. Built in 1871, its most noteworthy features are the stained-glass windows crafted by artists in Munich, the Stations of the Cross, and the sacristy murals painted during and after the World War by Belgian artist Dom Gregory Dewit.
During an epidemic in 1867, a local priest prayed to St. Roch, the patron saint of plague victims. When everyone survived, a Gothic result was in order. There is a small room just off the altar where you may leave gifts (medical supplies or other symbols of healing). There is a collection of these items (sometimes bizarre) for public viewing. The chapel is not always open so you should call before visiting.
Saint Roch Cemetry and Chapel is a holy shrine created by Rev. Peter Leonard Thevis (a German priest) in honor of Saint Roch, the patron of good health. The beautiful chapel reflecting Gothic architecture was created to thank Saint Roch of eradicating the yellow fever epidemic that struck in 1876. Thereafter, none of the priest’s parish members died of yellow fever. Till today, believers visiting the chapel show their thankful gestures by leaving their personal objects such as crutches, braces, glass eyes, keys etc. The chapel also known as Campo Santo is a popular site of Good Friday worship.