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  • Address: 1300 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, USA

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St Louis Cemetery

The St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans’ most famous resting place, is actually made up of three cemeteries.

More than 100,000 bodies lie in Saint Louis Cemetery #1, which takes up just one square block between St. Louis and Conti streets just outside the French Quarter. A bit of a morbid attraction, the cemetery has been a lauded place of burial since it opened in 1789, making it the oldest of the city’s three Roman Catholic St. Louis cemeteries.

What makes it both creepier than your average cemetery and way more dramatic is that all the graves are above ground vaults, most of which were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many notable New Orleans residents lie here, including Homer Plessy and Etienne de Boré. Famous Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is also rumored to be entombed here.

St. Louis Cemetery #2 is located on Claiborne Ave., just a few blocks from St. Louis Cemetery #1. Rife with mystery and mystique, this cemetery boarders the Treme and houses some of New Orleans’ most famous jazz and rhythm and blues musicians of late including Danny Barker and Ernie Doe. Other noted entombed include notorious privateer Dominique You, and the famed pirate Jean Laffite, who assisted in the defense of the city during the Battle of New Orleans. Haunted? I leave that assessment up to you, but many claim it to be.

Near Bayou St. John and the famous Edgar Degas House on Esplanade Ave., Saint Louis Cemetery #3 is the least visited, yet most beautiful cemetery of the bunch, with a large number of 19th century marble tombs. Famous for being photogenic, many postcards feature the rows of tombs located here. The cemetery holds several once-popular ragtime composers, including the old-time great Paul Sarebresole.

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One Hour Saint Louis Cemetery Number One Walking Tour, New Orleans, null
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One Hour Saint Louis Cemetery Number One Walking Tour

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This one hour walking tour is offered for those short on time or do not wish to walk long distances (tour is approximately one mile), but wish to see St. Louis ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.00
New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Tour

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Step back in time on a 1.5-hour walking tour through one of New Orleans’ most historic cemeteries, known for its many mausoleums. Follow your guide from the ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Cemetery and French Quarter Walking Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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Cemetery and French Quarter Walking Tour

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Spend some time learning about the fascinating history of one of New Orleans' oldest neighborhoods with this 2-hour French Quarter and cemetery walking tour.

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Haunted Cemetery Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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Haunted Cemetery Tour

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This unique small-tour experience will guide you to the oldest above-ground cemetery in the United States, St. Louis No.1. Learn about the hauntings, history, ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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St Louis Cemetery Number 1 Small-Group Walking Tour, New Orleans, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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St Louis Cemetery Number 1 Small-Group Walking Tour

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This 45-minute introductory tour of 10 or less takes you through New Orleans oldest above ground cemetery, St. Louis Cemetery #1. No longer open to the public ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.00
Walking Tour of St. Louis Cemetery 1, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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Walking Tour of St. Louis Cemetery 1

Immerse yourself in history on a small-group, one-hour tour of the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Learn about the history of New Orleans as you see the famous wall ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.00
Bare Bones Tour of New Orleans' Oldest Cemetery, New Orleans, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Bare Bones Tour of New Orleans' Oldest Cemetery

Established in 1789, St. Louis Cemetery is the oldest extant cemetery in New Orleans. Named after Louis IX, King of France in the mid-thirteenth century and ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tour

Approximately 40 minute guided walking tour of New Orleans City of the Dead,  St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.  Located just across the street from the French ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.00
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and No. 2 Combo Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and No. 2 Combo Tour

If you want to go deep into the history of New Orleans, there is no better way than visiting the oldest cemeteries in the area. This tour visits St. Louis ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour

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Follow the ghosts of the numerous characters of New Orleans' mysterious past! Tour one of the city’s most haunted cemeteries, St Louis Cemetery No. 1 and visit ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.00

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