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St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans: 38 reviews and 83 photos

  St. Louis Cathedral
by grandmaR

The website for the cathedral describes it as "A Minor Basilica"

From the river, the Saint Louis Cathedral (or the Cathedral of Saint Louis King of France) dominates the skyline of New Orleans. I did not realize King Louis IX was a saint, but I'm not really up on my Catholic saints. Apparently the folks here in New Orleans felt that he was a saint, and dedicated this church to him in 1727.

A Parish was established in 1720 in New Orleans, Louisiana and this site was designated for a church in the city plan of the Engineer-in-Chief of Louisiana, LeBlond de la Tour. This church was built of "brick between posts" (bnquete entre poteaux) construction. The designer of the first church, Adrien De Pauger died in 1726 before the church was finished and requested to be buried underneath of it. Other notables are also buried under the church including the remains of eight New Orleans bishops.

It was rebuilt the first time after the great fire of 1788. The third church on this site with its tapering, slate-covered triple towers was built from plans drawn in 1849 by French-born architect Jacques N. B. de Pouilly.

We did not get to go inside the church - we wanted to attend one of the free Christmas concerts, but were too tired, or it was too cold. I understand that the interior has been restored extensively and is not original. It looks like most of the stained glass windows depict the life of St. Louis.

According to one review: Here he receives a blessing from St Blanche, his mother; there he marries. He builds a chapel, receives the crown of France, and departs for his first crusade across a wooden plank. Further on he visits a leper with lesions of hollow glass, and in the great lunette over the high altar Louis announces the Seventh Crusade

Free tours available daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Address: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans
Directions: Jackson Square
Phone: (504) 525-9585
Website: http://www.stlouiscathedral.org/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 10, 2005
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