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  1. United States
  2. Louisiana
  3. New Orleans
  4. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

New Orleans: Walking St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 Tour

Product ID: 188940
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New Orleans' oldest above-ground cemetery is only accessible with a licensed tour guide. See the tombs of famous sugar barons, musicians and Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, with this cemetery telling the history of the city in a vivid and entertaining way.
About this activity
Duration 1.5 hours
Skip the line through express security check
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the family tomb of Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen of the 1800s
  • Learn why Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage plays an active role in this cemetery
  • Enjoy hearing about eccentric sugar baron Bernard de Marigny, whose interests in life were drinking, gambling and dueling
  • Get a feel for the strange burial traditions of this city
Full description
Visit St. Louis' oldest cemetery, which you can only enjoy in the company of a specially licensed tour guide due to the rules established by the Catholic Archdiocese. Having opened in 1789, it reflects the Spanish and French traditions of building mausoleums for the deceased. This city of the dead offers a great narrative of the early days of New Orleans, when the city was influenced by those who came from West Africa, the Caribbean, and from many European countries.

You will enjoy hearing the stories of colorful characters, such as the wealthy Irish merchant Daniel Clark, who challenged the first governor of Louisiana to a duel. You will learn about Homer Plessy, a free man of color, who challenged the segregation laws long before the civil rights movement of the 20th century.

A stop at Marie Laveau's family tomb will give you an insight into the role that Voodoo, and its most famous Voodoo Queen, played in the 1800s. This cemetery tells a vivid history of the residents of the New Orleans past. Many of these tombs were built by famous architects of the city, and the stories of those interred here resonate today in a city whose past seems very much alive and thriving.
  • A guided walk through the otherwise restricted cemetery
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks

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Meeting point

Meet at the coffee shop in Basin Street Station.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Solid shoes are a must in a cemetery with no paved walkways
• In rainy weather the cemetery can get rather soggy, but this tour will take place rain or shine
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Product ID: 188940