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New Orleans Attractions
 

New Orleans Cemeteries
"Cities of the Dead"

New Orleans Cemetery Tours
New Orleans Cemetery Tours

Only in New Orleans, which is unique in so many ways, could cemeteries be major tourist attractions. However, because the city is built on a swamp, the deceased have to be buried above ground here in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. Over time the cemeteries, with elaborate sculptures and other decorative artwork embellishing the tombs, have come to come to resemble small villages. They are known by the nickname of “Cities of the Dead.”

The most famous cemetery, St. Louis Cemetery #1, is walking distance from the French Quarter and the Downtown area. Located on historic Basin Street, it is the burial place of Marie Laveau, the legendary “voodoo queen.” Believers and non-believers alike make pilgrimages to her tomb to make offerings to her spirit in return for what they hope will be blessings. The many “X’s” scrawled on the tomb attest to the power she is believed to wield, even long after her death. Many other New Orleanians who achieved world fame are buried there as well, including 19th century chess champion Paul Morphy, Homer Plessy of the landmark Supreme Court segregation decision Plessy vs. Ferguson, and members of Impressionist artist Edgar Degas’ New Orleans-based family.

Some of these “Cities of the Dead” can be visited on guided tours, several of which can be found by clicking here. A listing of New Orleans cemeteries are included below:

 
New Orleans Cemeteries
Cypress Grove Cemetery
120 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 482-0233
www.greenwoodnola.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
Gates of Prayer Cemetery No1.
4824 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 885-2600

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
Gates of Prayer Cemetery No2
1411 Joseph St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 885-2600

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
Greenwood Cemetery
5242 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 482-0234
www.greenwoodnola.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
Hebrew Rest Cemetery
4100 Frenchman St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 282-3473

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
Holt Cemetery
635 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
1400 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 896-4740
lafayettecemetery.org

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
Masonic Cemetery
400 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122 [Map It]
(504) 482-0554

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Basin at St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 482-5065

Neighborhood: Treme
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
St. Louis Cemetery No. 2
720 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70122 [Map It]
(504) 482-5065

Neighborhood: Treme
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
St. Louis Cemetery No. 3
3421 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 482-5065

Neighborhood: Esplanade Ridge
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery

Description: Less visited than its counterparts, Cemetery No. 3 offers a piece of rest and quietude for those both above and below ground. Established in 1854, each tomb recounts a chapter in New Orleans' rich history—from immigration patterns to floods and yellow fever outbreaks. Walk the rows to see marble and stone gravesites that are themselves works of art.
St. Patrick's Cemetery No.1
143 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 488-4989

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
St. Patrick's Cemetery No.2
143 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 488-4989

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
St. Patrick's Cemetery No.3
143 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 488-4989

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
St. Roch Cemetery
1725 St. Roch St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 945-5961

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
 
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