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St. Louis Cathedral
A prominent landmark on Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral (officially the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France) stands tall and proud, beckoning French Quarter visitors to take a little time out from drinking and dancing to admire the oldest continuously used cathedral in the United States. The seat of the city's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the cathedral was built in 1789 and rebuilt in 1850, and today, its all-white, Spanish Colonial façade with three black spires is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the South. The inside is just as beautiful.

The Basics
As one of New Orleans' most famous landmarks, St. Louis Cathedral deserves a spot on every visitor's itinerary. Nearly all sightseeing tours in the city include a stop here, whether a basic walking tour or a quirkier supernatural, romantic, or "drunk history" themed tour. Thanks to the cathedral's central location, it's also easy to visit on your own when mass isn't in session; volunteer docents sometimes lead tours, and brochures for self-guided tours are available at the entrance for a small donation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • St. Louis Cathedral is a perfect spontaneous stop on a stroll through the French Quarter.
  • Mass takes place daily at 12:05pm.
  • The cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
  • Expect a full house for mass on Catholic holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

How to Get to St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral is located just across Chartres Street from Jackson Square, so it's easy to get to on foot from just about anywhere in the French Quarter. Parking in the area can be difficult to find, so travelers coming from further afield should consider taking a tour that includes hotel pickup and dropoff, catching a taxi or rideshare, or riding a streetcar to Jackson Square on the Riverfront Line.

When to Get There
While the cathedral is open daily, it closes in mid-afternoon, so it’s best to plan your visit for earlier in the day, either before or after midday mass. Those planning to attend mass on a significant holiday, such as Easter or Christmas, should try to arrive well before the service starts, as seats often fill up quickly.

Visiting the Old Ursuline Convent
Travelers planning a visit to St. Louis Cathedral should also set aside some time for a stop at the nearby Old Ursuline Convent, also located on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. The oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, the convent was built in the 1750s and today houses a museum within its French Colonial facade.
Address: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA
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Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

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Although not your typical tour of New Orleans, this expedition through the Big Easy takes in some of the major points of interest, including the French Quarter, Treme, the Esplanade, the Garden District and the Metairie Cemetery. Relax in air-conditioned minibus comfort, and listen as a guide leads you through one of America's most historic cities.
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New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour

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Get a taste of 18th-century New Orleans while exploring its most notorious haunts aboard a mule-drawn carriage. Join a small group of no more than eight people for an intimate evening tour through the French Quarter, where rollicking nightlife conceals a past filled with dark deeds, natural disasters, and supernatural sightings. Hear the city's most salacious history from a guide as you clip-clop your way past iron-laced balconies, darkened alleys, and southern mansions steeped in legend.
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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

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Delve into the stories behind the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans during a French Quarter walking tour. Take in famous landmarks including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Mississippi River, along with lesser-known places of interest. Hear from your guide about the architecture and heritage of the district, and get the inside scoop on recommended places for shopping and dining as well.
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New Orleans Vampire Walking Tour

New Orleans Vampire Walking Tour

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Discover the most legendary vampire haunts in New Orleans on this 2‐hour evening walking tour! Your local guide will lead a lamplit promenade through the French Quarter to visit places imbibed in vampire lore such as the filming location of Interview with a Vampire. You’ll also hear some ‘real’ stories of the undead from public archives and police reports, and peek in at a known vampire tavern. Think twice before accepting any free drinks! 
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New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot

New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot

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Savor your New Orleans experience with a professional photographer to show you around the French Quarter and capture high-quality photos of the excursion. The local photographer not only knows the top photo spots in the city but can also share other details about the sights throughout the tour. This enables you to maximize your time and take home photos.
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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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Maximize time in New Orleans with a sightseeing bus tour. Explore beyond the beauty of the French Quarter to see other neighborhoods including the Garden District, Treme, and the 9th Ward. Learn about city culture and history as you travel along Frenchmen Street, Esplanade Avenue, and more. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

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Indulge in New Orleans liquid culture on this insider cocktail tour of the historic French Quarter! With an expert guide and fellow drinks enthusiasts, journey beyond the hubbub of Bourbon Street and visit four historic local haunts for a sampling of iconic cocktails. At each legendary venue, admire the mixology of notable bartenders, discover the origins and truths of centuries‐old spirits such as absinthe, and sip on a Sazerac (or two).
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus Tour

New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus Tour

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Relax and absorb the rich history of New Orleans from your window seat aboard our air-conditioned buses. This 2.5-hour, small-group tour will pick you up at your hotel and visit many of the most historic neighborhoods including Treme, The French Quarter, The Warehouse and Garden Districts, Faubourg St John and Marigny. Stop in one of the world-famous St Louis cemeteries for a sobering and spooky sidebar and escape the group for some solo adventuring before you return to the bus.
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New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tour

New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tour

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This haunted house tour is led by a professional historian and perfect for travelers who want a behind-the-scenes look at the ghosts and spirits that still lurk in the Big Easy. Listen to real ghost stories as you make your way through the French Quarter of New Orleans.
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French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour

French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour

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Explore the rollicking history and ghostly legends of some of New Orleans’ most iconic locales on this walking tour of the French Quarter. Learn about the city’s roots as an 18th-century French colony and hear tales of famous former residents, from Creole aristocrats to voodoo priestesses. Visit neighborhood landmarks like Jackson Square, the French market, the Cabildo, and Café du Monde, plus the captivating above-ground tombs of historic cemetery St Louis No. 1.
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
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Oak Alley Plantation and 3-Hour New Orleans City Tour

Oak Alley Plantation and 3-Hour New Orleans City Tour

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Spend three hours getting an insider's look at this historic city. Rout the famous cemeteries, iconic plantation homes and Hurricane Katrina landmarks with you professional guide. Learn about Creole history and tradition as you explore the city during this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors, families and history lovers.
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The 10 Tastings of New Orleans With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of New Orleans With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Eat your way through New Orleans’ culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour will leave every foodie satisfied! Enjoy tastings typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food like Po’Boy and Beignets. But that's not it! This tour is more than just food; it's a cultural experience! In between food stops, you'll also find city highlights making this experience a well-rounded tour that will satisfy every foodie. Withlocals The 10 Tastings Private Food Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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New Orleans City Bike Tour

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This owner-operated company provides a truly local's perspective. When you ride with Paradise Park you are riding with one of the owners ensuring that your experience is of the highest quality. See the city through a locals eyes. See the city through the eyes of someone who truly loves what they do, who truly loves the City of New Orleans, and who truly wants you to love it too.
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New Orleans Haunted Ghost Tour

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Discover the spooky side of New Orleans with a historian-led walking tour. Visit haunted locations throughout the French Quarter such as the Lalaurie Mansion and May Bailey’s Brothel. Hear stories from local history over the leisurely stroll. This tour is kid-friendly and based on historical research.
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New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour

New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour

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Stroll the streets of New Orleans' famous French Quarter on this 2-hour walking tour. Listen to your guide's commentary on the area's French- and Spanish-influenced architecture, with many buildings dating from the 18th and 19th century. Landmarks include the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Ursuline Convent, and many Creole Colonial Buildings.
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Struttin' Down Royal Street Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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If you don't fancy joining a guided tour, downloading an app and following it through New Orleans is a great match for you. As you explore, the GPS locator will trigger insightful commentary through the app, which teaches you about the history, architecture, and culture of New Orleans. You can stop and start whenever you like and explore further on your own. Learn everything there is to know about the history of the French Quarter; topics include Mardi Gras, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Money Wrench Corner, Jackson Square, and others.
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New Orleans Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

New Orleans Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

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We offer a beautiful option of a private photoshoot in a Masquerade promt in the heart of New Orleans
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Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Walking Tour

Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Walking Tour

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The Knowledgable and certified tour guides can give you an experience that is very unique in New Orleans. Our tour guides are bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. We will give you the historically accurate stories of New Orleans while delivering the lore and legends in a way that will still be entertaining for our guests. Come and join us for a beautiful tour through the famous French Quarter, where you can enjoy an alcoholic drink while listening to our stories. Best way to see some spirits, is to imbibe some spirits. :) Private Tours are offered at other times. Please call and we will accommodate you as best as we can.
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Private New Orleans City Tour with Destrehan Plantation Tour

Private New Orleans City Tour with Destrehan Plantation Tour

Maximize your time in New Orleans with a private full-day tour tour made for you! Kick off your 3 hour city tour with highlights of the Big Easy. City Tour includes a cemetery and stop in city park. You will have enough time for a 1 hour lunch at a local seafood restaurant. Then you will spend 2 hours at the oldest recorded plantation, Destrehan Plantation. Best of all, your private tour includes hotel pick-up and transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking Tour

New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking Tour

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New Orleans is one of America’s most haunted and mystical city’s and this walking tour covers the main highlights. Learn about voodoo magic and listen to gruesome tales as you walk through the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Walk through Jackson Square, Louis Armstrong Park, and Cemetery #1 as you go beyond colonial history and discuss the development of the city’s unique culture.
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Creole Louisiana: A French Quarter Walking Tour

Creole Louisiana: A French Quarter Walking Tour

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Join us for a walking tour of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhood, the French Quarter. See the “Vieux Carré” through the eyes of the Louisiana Creoles who originally called it home. Louisiana is unique amongst the various regions of the U.S. The intriguing tales of notable creoles (of West African, Native American and European origin) will illuminate the development of the culture that distinguishes Louisiana from the rest of the American south. This tour is an exploration of old Louisiana, the Louisiana that gave birth to Jazz and Zydeco, to gumbo and jambalaya. Louisiana is technically a southern American state, but culturally Louisiana has always been the northernmost part of the Caribbean. (This tour also includes a tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and of the courtyard of a beautiful antebellum French Quarter residence.)
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New Orleans Two Day Private Itinerary

New Orleans Two Day Private Itinerary

For those visitors who want someone to do the planning for them, handle the details and help visitors avoid unintended consequences, this is the tour for you. In addition to the tour as outlined, we will help you make a good hotel choice, make restaurant reservations, provide insight on local attractions, and efficiently use your time over a two-day period.
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