St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral
4.5
Architectural BuildingsChurches & Cathedrals
08:00 - 16:30
Monday
08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 16:30
Thursday
08:00 - 16:30
Friday
08:00 - 16:30
Saturday
08:00 - 16:30
Sunday
08:00 - 16:30
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Dating all the way back to 1727, this historic church is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the U.S. It overlooks Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • VeronicaL495
    109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easter Sunday Mass the Music was special
    We saw the Easter Parade with approx 6 Horse Drawn Carriages and the ladies in their Easter Bonnetts. Then Mass at the Cathedral. The music, simging, Knights of Coulbanus and the Bishops Cermon were all wonderful. A brillant experience for us.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Mixa's Travels
    Oldsmar, Florida3,090 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Old Cathedral and Mass
    We attended the 9:00AM Sunday Mass at the Cathedral. This is a beauitful old Cathederal. It is the oldest Cathedral in continuous use in the United States. The decor inside is amazaing. The service was very good and we were impressed with the Archbishiop and his message. Sadly, we didn't get a chance to tour the Cathedral to learn more of its long and rich history.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 June 2023
  • alabama_number_1
    Livingston, Alabama224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit each time we are in New Orleans. We love St. Louis Cathedral
    St. Louis Cathedral is a must visit each time we go to New Orleans. We were there during the week so we did not go for a service, but just going inside gives you the feeling knowing you are in a sacred place. This is a must visit just to see the beautiful cathedral.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 June 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia1,094 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter
    Situated at the end of Jackson Square it is the oldest Cathedral in North America. It is free to enter and a welcome relief on a hot day. The guide that was there was so helpful and courteous to anyone who had any questions. When we were visiting they were renovating some of the inside but was still beautiful to photograph or to just sit in quiet to reflect. Definitely worth a visit if in the French Quarter.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • EMSJ
    Weston super Mare, United Kingdom543 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazingly Beautiful Building
    On a very hot day walking around New Orleans we went into look at this beautiful cathedral near Jackson Square. The architecture is outstanding to say the least. And the coolness within was much appreciated on like I said a very hot day. I must add that it’s a shame that gentlemen do not take off their baseball caps when they’re in a place such as this.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Tardykat
    New York City, New York1,773 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looks like Cinderella's Castle
    Being the oldest Catholic church in the USA, it looks very modern and new as it has been rebuilt 3 times, with the last in the 1850s. Inside is a cool sanctuary when it's a hot and humid day outside. Perfect respite. Note the beautiful bible though only a copy, the illustrations (in gold) are a work of art.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Mrs. Romence
    Grand Rapids, Michigan133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Place to Visit!
    I have been to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and several other cathedrals in Europe and this cathedral ranks in the top with those contenders. It is such a beautiful creation inside and out. We visited on a Sunday so a baptism was taking place and it was so beautiful to watch. You are allowed to walk inside the sanctuary and take pictures. Many of the statues and memorials are written in French. It is a very beautiful place. I highly recommend that you visit this wonderful piece of history- it does not take long to visit, less than thirty minutes. It is such a beautiful respite from all the homeless people and strong odors outside. Be sure to include this place on your travel itinerary.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • mwhamburger
    Seattle, Washington843 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    you must visit the oldest cathedral in the U.S. at the lovely Jackson Square.
    A gem. We found out that Irma Thompson was going to be there, the queen of soul in New Orleans. She's awesome!! The church was packed and lines were huge. No admission fee but a donation is welcome. The cathedral is the oldest in the U.S.; first destroyed by a hurricane in 1722 and a fire in 1788. Rebuilt in 1794.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 December 2023
  • jim m
    Holymoorside, United Kingdom1,209 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    peaceful
    A small Cathedral with clear French influences. A peaceful place providing a contrast to the musical streets. A beautiful place but I am always put off by any signs of patriotism or personal idolisation in places of Godly worship.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 January 2024
  • redcanvas
    Dryden, Canada95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot for a break!
    Great spot to sit and listen to musics of street performers around the square. Benches and manicured grounds. Read the signs…Google the history! Several cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2024
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CharlieV2011
Chicago, IL1,627 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I stopped in here and absolutely loved this church! I loved sitting down at a pew and taking in the decorations, glass windows, and environment. This is a great church to stop in for some peace and quiet and to gather your thoughts in a sacred environment!
Written 18 April 2024
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Michael O
Lichfield, UK787 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is an active church and feels like it and not just an historical artefact. It looks vary French in style and for me has a Normandy feel.
Written 2 April 2024
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redcanvas
Dryden, Canada95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great spot to sit and listen to musics of street performers around the square. Benches and manicured grounds. Read the signs…Google the history! Several cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
Written 13 March 2024
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Angela C
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful church! Reminds me a lot of the grandeur of St Patricks Cathedral in New York. The guide on site was super knowledgeable as well. The images and statues and the stained glass windows - stunning! Did you know tip - the windows all display the life of Saint Louis. I really love the image of St Peter on the ceiling. As if he was looking down and checking on me. Lovely. I would LOVE to see a wedding here. it must be magnificent to walk down that aisle!
Written 2 March 2024
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jim m
Holymoorside, UK1,209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
A small Cathedral with clear French influences. A peaceful place providing a contrast to the musical streets. A beautiful place but I am always put off by any signs of patriotism or personal idolisation in places of Godly worship.
Written 14 January 2024
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,836 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Entrance is free to this white Catholic church located at one end of Jackson Square. While the exterior with its Disney castle appearance is much photographed, the interior also has surprising visual treats. There are many reminders inside the church that King Louis IX was the church's patron. Just inside the entrance, look at the alcove in the wall to see a painted statue of this king. Look at the excellent colored stained glass windows which depict his life. Above the altar is a large painting of him being crowned. However the first thing one sees upon entering this church are the many national flags (French, Spanish, American, British) hanging from the 2 galleries. The religious art work is centered on a large painting - a ceiling fresco - and the rococo altar. The plaques on the wall of the church notify visitors that 2 Popes have visited this church - Pope John Paul II and Pope Paul Vi who named the church a Basilica. We stayed about 20 minutes walking around the interior of the church.

The garden at the back of the church is now closed off to visitors and is uncared for despite the length of time that Katrina did its damage there. We enjoyed walking in the alley at the back and side of the church where artists hang their works for sale and attract crowds.

Good photos of the church's exterior with Jackson's statue in front can be taken at the entrance to the Square off Decatur Street where horse and buggies await tourists. Another good spot for photos of the Square and the church is up on the river promenade straight across from the Square.
Written 13 January 2024
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jlantern3
Columbia, SC12,571 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Iconic building located on Jackson Square- didn't go in, but amazed at its exterior greatness==Photo ops galore. A classic symbol of the city
Written 29 December 2023
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mwhamburger
Seattle, WA843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
A gem. We found out that Irma Thompson was going to be there, the queen of soul in New Orleans. She's awesome!! The church was packed and lines were huge. No admission fee but a donation is welcome.
The cathedral is the oldest in the U.S.; first destroyed by a hurricane in 1722 and a fire in 1788. Rebuilt in 1794.
Written 17 December 2023
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virginiap511
Manistee, MI10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We were so Blessed to be there for a Sunday, Advent Mass with the Archbishop. He shared a lovely message. It's a not to miss Cathedral.
Written 14 December 2023
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Mrs. Romence
Grand Rapids, MI133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I have been to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and several other cathedrals in Europe and this cathedral ranks in the top with those contenders. It is such a beautiful creation inside and out. We visited on a Sunday so a baptism was taking place and it was so beautiful to watch. You are allowed to walk inside the sanctuary and take pictures. Many of the statues and memorials are written in French. It is a very beautiful place. I highly recommend that you visit this wonderful piece of history- it does not take long to visit, less than thirty minutes. It is such a beautiful respite from all the homeless people and strong odors outside. Be sure to include this place on your travel itinerary.
Written 11 November 2023
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