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"Cemeteries Above The Ground" Cemeteries Tip by EyRe

Cemeteries, New Orleans: 34 reviews and 55 photos

  Grave of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau
by EyRe

One of the most unique thing in New Orleans is that all their graves are build above the ground and this is because the whole of New Orleans is below sea level.

From what I gathered from the cemetery tour that I took (there are a lots of tours for you to pick from in New Orleans, theres tourist booths all over just haggle a bit on the price to get the best rate), back to what I gathered at the cemetery tour, each of this grave houses the remains of each member of a family. The coffin is put into the grave and after a year when the body disintegrates into particles, it is put into a sack/bag which is then pushed to the end of the grave until the next family member passes on.

Quite interesting actually, when in New Orleans, don't give it a miss.

Address: New Orleans
Directions: throughout city

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  • Written Jun 5, 2004
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