Hook & Reel Fishing Charter – St. Louis Cathedral
Every guest who visits New Orleans needs to set aside a bit of time to experience the grandeur of the St. Louis Cathedral. One of the city's most recognizable landmarks with its towering trio of steeples, this historic venue has been gracing Jackson Square since 1727. The site is also home to the Old Ursuline Convent. It was constructed in 1745 and occupied as a convent, orphanage, and school for girls until 1824. As the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, it holds significant historical value for the French Quarter.
According to the National Park's Service, this structure is the finest surviving example of French Colonial architecture in the United States. The style is Louis XV, presented in a very formal and symmetrical manner, with restrained ornamentation. On October 9, 1960, the site became a registered National Historic landmark.
Trying Times For This Cathedral
When visiting the French Quarter, there is no better way to get a feel for this legendary area's history than a visit to Jackson Square. In a small two-mile area, guests can experience a taste of all that the region offers and see how the past has formed what is now a top tourist destination of the country.
The St. Louis Cathedral, The Presbytere, and the Cabildo create a stunning image as you view these stately old structures. Each a blend of old and new, they show the transition from the 1700s to the modern skyline. In just a few more steps, guests enter the Louisiana State Museum to better appreciate the neighborhood and the culture that is so vivid and prominent in the area.
Sharing A Piece Of History
Many famous New Orleans residents have chosen the St. Louis Cemetery as their final resting place. Names such as Étienne de Boré, Homer Plessy, Bernard de Marigny, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Barthelemy Lafon, Paul Morphy, and Ernest Nathan Morial grace these grounds. Also, this is the final resting place of the famous Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. American actor Nicolas Cage has purchased an empty tomb to serve as his final resting place when the time comes.
Catching A Glimpse of a Ghost
For those who are interested in witnessing a view of the famed ghost of Pere Antoine, a priest who is buried within the church, an early morning tour is recommended. He is often reported to be strolling the street that bears his name in the early morning hours and during the Christmas Midnight Mass.
When you visit the French Quarter, don't miss this one of a kind experience to tour the oldest structure in the region. The architectural, historical, and religious history of this single site is sure to be a highlight of your trip to New Orleans.
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