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Best Historic Locations in New Orleans

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Jackson Square

Idyllically laid within the ambit of New Orleans' famous French Quarter district, Jackson Square is steeped in a rich history associated with the epoch-making Louisiana Purchase. An arsenal of historic landmarks, including the three-steepled St. Louis Cathedral, The Cabildo and the Presbytere stand amid vast landscaped gardens, with the bronze statue of the heroic Andrew Jackson forming a compelling centerpiece. Although now buried under layers of history, the square harks back to a fascinating past, when it was originally known as the Place d'Armes. An erstwhile site for public executions, this square saw a dramatic shift at the turn of the twentieth century. At the height of the Roaring Twenties, this National Historic Landmark became widely known for its association with the arts, allowing artists to gather and participate in the exchange of ideas. Through the years, Jackson Square has been touched by fleeting, yet enduring associations with tarot-readers, jugglers, street artists, and paraders, echoing the very unbeatable ethos that New Orleans is known for today.

New Orleans, LA, USA
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St. Louis Cathedral

The Cathedral of Saint Louis King of France (dt. Kathedrale des Saint Louis, dem 9. - König von Frankreich) war zuerst nur eine kleine Basilika und wurde 1720 zur Pfarrkirche. Die am Ufer des Mississippi River gelegene Kathedrale wird als das größte Symbol des Katholizismus auf dem nordamerikanischen Kontinent betrachtet. Täglich kostenlose Führungen, 9:00-17:00 Mo-Sa; 13:00-17:00 So. Andenkenladen: 9:00-18:00 täglich

New Orleans, LA, USA
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Französisches Viertel

The center of all cultural activities, the French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans was built around the main square of what was then known as the Vieux Carré, after the city's founding in 1718. However, most of the area's buildings come from the early 19th Century, when the city was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. Although originally settled by French Creoles, by the early 20th Century they were mostly gone from the French Quarter, and bohemian culture began to boom in the area. Architectural delights like Jackson Square and its Saint Louis Cathedral are highlights of the neighborhood. The French Quarter's single most famous landmark, Bourbon Street, is a nightlife mainstay, being the main drag of Mardi Gras celebrations. Replete with rich architectural history and cultural implications, the French Quarter truly encapsulates New Orleans' vibrant spirit.

New Orleans, LA, USA
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Bourbon Street

Originally known as Rue Bourbon, New Orleans' infamous Bourbon Street runs the length of the city's French Quarter, although it is the eight-block stretch of "Upper Bourbon Street," lined with bars and clubs of every genre, that is known for its lively nightlife scene. Initially a sought after residential neighborhood, shifting borders and demographics saw Bourbon Street succumb to the same vices the city had come to be known for, becoming famous for its restaurants, nightclubs and other risque establishments. Today, this street is best known for its involvement in the Big Easy's greatest festival, Mardi Gras, and its love affair with live jazz and blues. Each night, revelers throng the street with drinks in hand, their smiling faces lit by the multi-colored glow of neon lights. By day, the avenue's quaint architectural heritage comes to the fore, with time-honored eateries doling out traditional po'boys, beignets and other quintessentially, local eats.

New Orleans, LA, USA
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New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park provides an ideal platform for all to experience and share the cultural history of jazz in New Orleans. The park aims to educate visitors through its database of information, on the origin and development of jazz in America. A hallmark feature of this site is the Perseverance Hall. The park hosts special jazz events several times a year, and the seasonal concerts for Christmas are extremely popular.

New Orleans, LA, USA
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Old Ursuline Convent

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.

New Orleans, LA, USA
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Saint Louis Cemetery Number Two

Second to the original Saint Louis Cemetery, number two was built in the 1820s after the population in New Orleans increased, but there were outbreaks of yellow fever. This above-ground addition is located two blocks from Number One, both owned, operated and maintained by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Tours are recommended, due to the unsafe surrounding neighborhood.

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Saint Louis Cemetery Number One

Located on the boundary of the French Quarter, Saint Louis Cemetery Number One is the oldest cemetery in the city. The above ground burial practices are typical of swampy New Orleans, where early settlers soon discovered that coffins buried in the ground would float to the surface after a hard rain. There are many ornate family tombs and vaults, but visitors to Saint Louis Cemetery Number One must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide or have a special pass issued for persons with loved ones or family members buried in the cemetery.

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Metairie Cemetery

Built on a race course in 1872, Metairie Cemetery is known for its architectural beauty. It has one of the finest collection of funeral statues and marble tombs which has made it secure a place in the prestigious National Register of Historic Places in December, 1991. It also holds its place in the Forbes list of ten bests cemeteries in the world. This cemetery is worth visiting while in New Orleans.

New Orleans, LA, USA
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Longue Vue House & Gardens

Diese Villa der griechischen Renaissance beherbergt original englische und amerikanische Antiquitäten. Außerdem ist das Loungue Vue House von 3,2 Hektar großen, formschön angelegten Gärten und dekorativen Springbrunnen umgeben. Die Pflanzen verändert sich je nach Jahreszeit. Das Haus ist im Nationalregister historischer Gebäude verzeichnet und zeigt ständig wechselnde Ausstellungen. Im Souvenirshop kann man sowohl Gartenbaukunst und Dekorationsgegenstände als auch Geschenke für Kinder und Reproduktionen von der Longue Vue Collection kaufen. Führungen werden auf Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch, Italienisch, Deutsch und Japanisch angeboten.

New Orleans, LA, USA
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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park

Der historische Park besteht aus sechs verschiedenen Teilen in und um New Orleans, einschließlich dem Hauptsitz und Besucherzentrum im French Quarter. Er ist der Cajunkultur im Allgemeinen und Jean Lafitte im Besonderen gewidmet. Lafitte war ein Pirat und Schmuggler, der General Andrew Jackson im Kampf von New Orleans während des Krieges von 1812 zu Hilfe kam. Die historischen Touren zu Fuß durchs French Quarter beginnen an der Touristeninformation. Der Eintritt ist frei.

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