Ursuline Convent (French: Couvent des Ursulines) was a series of historic Ursuline convents in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1726, nuns from the Ursuline Convent of Rouen (Normandy) went to New Orleans to found a convent, run a hospital, and take care of educating young girls.
The first building for the Ursuline nuns in New Orleans was designed by Ignace François Broutin in 1727 when the nuns arrived in New Orleans. Michael Zeringue (Johann Michael Zehringer), the King's Master Carpenter from Franconia, Bavaria and progenitor of all "Zeringue" families in Louisiana was the builder. Planning, collecting material, and construction took years. Existing drawings show the building in 1733, although it was not officially finished until the following year.
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Zac Cramer | Mar 4, 2018
Beautiful building but not a well curated tour or museum. I would pass if I had limited time in NO.
Olivia Saldana | Dec 18, 2017
The structure is beautiful. The church itself is as well. The lawn and the inside are well-maintained. However, I expected a little more historical information of the convent in the museum rather than just history of Catholicism. Despite this, I do recommend it for its statues, sanctuary, and staircase.
Gilad Penn | Jan 5, 2018
Truly a massive time capsule which preserves the atmosphere from the 18th and 19th centuries. We entered the garden outside and already we sensed the 18th century French presence. The architecture and perfectly manicured hedges are like a fragment of a French palace. Inside the cathedral and complex we joined Phil's tour. He is insanely knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans and the building. The tour focused on the cathedral and Christianity. The stain glass windows are marvelous especially when the light shines at the right angle. There was also a short movie on the TV which was informative with nice background music. The outdoor courtyard had magnificent sculptures of Christian characters. Pleasant, apparently quite a few couples wed here. Overall I highly recommend dropping by and exploring the museum.
Darlene Henderson | Oct 29, 2017
This building is important and special the floors caught my attention! Also the different types of fruits in the garden
John Wyland | Oct 22, 2017
Bartended a wedding there. Smoothest, most professional wedding I've ever worked.
Alberto Antenangeli | May 17, 2018
This was probably one of the most interesting tours we did in New Orleans. It was cheap, even more so when compared to other tours, and the guide was extremely knowledgeable about the place and the history of the city and the state. This is definitely worth every penny you pay, and a must do. I recommend you do the convent before you do the cathedral, as you learn quite a bit about both when visiting the convent, making the visit to the cathedral even more interesting.
Ashlielinn Muir | May 6, 2018
You would expect that the historic Ursuline Convent turned museum would be focused on what it was like to live in a convent right??? No. Instead it's a shrine to the St. Louis Cathedral. Seriously 5 of 6 rooms dedicated to the museum were dedicated to the history of the church. Not what I was thinking at all. Let down for sure.
Janice Pinner | Mar 19, 2018
Outstanding and informative tour re: 300 years of Catholicism and the city of New Orleans. Learn about all the different immigrant groups that came here.
Kevin Santulis | Mar 28, 2018
Beautiful garden and good venue for wedding. Historic location. Photo worthy.
ashley starr | Jun 21, 2018
An amazing place to see tons of history and a beautiful place overall. Totally worth the price to go through the building and see the set up and all the artifacts and text.
Paul Ponce | May 26, 2018
What a beautiful place to have a celebration of the like of my wife's uncle. It was a gorgeous convent.
Rocky Starr | Jun 24, 2018
This place is absolutely beautiful! It cost $8 to get in, but that is totally worth it. You can take as many pics as you want and the tour is self paced. The kind of just let you want as you want. Nice to be able to look at something as long or as short as I wanted. Lots to read and look at.
James Kadlecek | Jul 4, 2018
Great self-directed tour. Interesting history. Beautiful building and grounds. Has a nice gift shop. St. Ann church is next door and also part of tour.
Tucker Alford | Jul 12, 2018
This a nice little place and reasonably priced. It has interesting history and it is also a nice break inside the AC from the hot New Orleans heat.
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