The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (French: Cathédrale-Basilique de Saint-Louis, Roi-de-France, Spanish: Catedral-Basílica de San Luis, Rey de Francia), also called St. Louis Cathedral, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the oldest cathedral in continuous use in the United States. It is dedicated to Saint Louis, also known as King Louis IX of France. The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, under the Spanish rule, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The second St. Louis Cathedral was burned during the great fire of 1788 and was expanded and largely rebuilt and completed in the 1850s, with little of the 1789 structure remaining.
Saint Louis Cathedral is in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, on the Place John Paul II (French: Place Jean-Paul II), a promenaded section of Chartres Street (rue de Chartres) that runs for one block between St. Peter Street (rue Saint-Pierre) on the upriver boundary and St. Ann Street (rue Sainte-Anne) on the downriver boundary. It is located next to Jackson Square and facing the Mississippi River in the heart of New Orleans, situated between the historic buildings of the Cabildo and the Presbytère.
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Ashley Jamal | Feb 4, 2018
This is a very pretty cathedral, if you are a fan of architecture and religious art, take a step inside and look around. It is also one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans; although, it has been rebuilt since its original inception. It has an interesting history of surviving a bombing and even being visited by two different popes.
John Caron | Jan 15, 2018
This is New Orleans' #1 Attraction! It is a beautiful and historic Cathedral. It is difficult to know, where to start in describing this most impressive place a of Catholic worship and life. Should you only be able to one of New Orleans' many fabulous attractions--this is THE ONE!
Holly Ortiz | Feb 21, 2018
Definitely a must see, even if you're non-catholic. Love this Cathedral. The priest I met when I attended Sunday mass, was from Dublin, Ireland!!🍀❤
L SCOTT | Feb 7, 2018
The cathedral is awesome. Located across the street from famed Cafe Dumont, right behind Jackson Square. Open to the public prayer candles are available, donations are welcomed. There are regularly scheduled services. As part of Jackson Square, there are shops and vinders-a-plenty, so bring cash and pop some tags. It is part of the French Quarters. Bourbon St, Canal St, House of Blues, The River Walk, and the French Market are all well within walking distance. The morning is the quietest time of the day and the afternoon is the busiest. Enjoy...
victory vday | Mar 1, 2018
A must see if in beautiful New Orleans. Majestic outside and in. You don't have to be catholic to appreciate the cathedral itself and a major part of New Orleans.
Neal Codere | Mar 20, 2018
While I'm not a religious person, this was a beautiful place to visit while I was in New Orleans. I'm from this area and it was the first time I've been and I was stunned by how well up-kept it is, being how old it is. It's definitely a nice place to visit if you're in the area.
gerard d | May 12, 2018
This cathedral is absolutely marvelous! I was amazed at the ornamentation inside. When we walked in, the choir was practicing, so it was just like a scene from a movie! The amount of time and work and money that has been put into this Cathedral is mind boggling. If you are able to appreciate architecture and decoration, even if you're not Catholic, this is definately a place to stop in and view. If you are Catholic, you'll appreciate the murals on the ceilings and the specially themed prayer rooms at different corners.
Eric Markey | May 16, 2018
Amazing historical site and active Roman Catholic basilica. Has daily and weekend Mass times + confession options. Eucharistic adoration is available, too. Gift shop is great with wonderful and friendly staff. Beautiful piece of Church history in the US and a must-visit for the faithful.
Stephen Cassidy | Apr 9, 2018
The heart of the Catholic Church in New Orleans since the founding of the city the present cathedral was constructed in the early 1850s on the foundation of an earlier cathedral and has been renovated multiple times. Its elegant and streamlined design and bright interior convey a welcoming church to persons of all faiths. Unlike many other Catholic Churches, the Virgin Mary is represented as the central representative of the church in a statue above the altar.
Allison Tran | May 11, 2018
Historic cathedral in the French quarter. Open to the public. You can take photos inside as long as there isn't mass/church service. It's cold inside too (might have been renovated with AC).
Sreenivas br | Apr 7, 2018
A big attraction in New Orleans. A very nice and must visit cathedral church. I’m not a religious person, but felt great and peace being inside. Good art and colorful panes. Check the timings before you visit. Located right opposite to Jackson square.
Tim Stone | Jun 22, 2018
A must see when in New Orleans. Mass held daily. Doors are open for tours. Please be respectful. Check out the gift shop too.
Joel Beachum | Jul 11, 2018
This is one of the most beautiful churches that I've seen and the stained glass windows are amazing. It holds a true elegance and timeless design, and a wonderful hpuse of worship. The location makes for a picturesque setting throughout Jackson Square. It gives New Orleans a beautiful house for church goers to worship and praise, and on-lookers to be in awe.
Chris Smith | Jul 1, 2018
As a professional photographer, I often get the pleasure of traveling to other cities for assignments. I enjoyed my visit to New Orleans, where I had a free morning after my shoot ended. Exploring the French Quarter was one of my highlights...the history and architecture is just fascinating. The St. Louis Cathedral was one of my highlights. I had no idea it was the oldest Cathedral in America! "The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St. Louis Cathedral, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the oldest cathedral in what would become the United States. The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The cathedral was expanded and largely rebuilt in 1850, with little of the 1789 structure remaining." I captured this image with my DJI Mavic Pro drone. If you get a chance, go in and check this place out!
Susie Miranda | Jul 13, 2018
Beautiful church, free to visit. I understand it’s a functioning church, but it would be nice if the was more of the history available. Nice place to visit.
Iona Carina | Jul 21, 2018
It's actually one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen. Too bad I didn't get the chance to go inside it, but you can take really nice pictures of it, especially if you take it as a background against Jackson Square. What I found weird is, there are lots of Tarot Readers in front of the church.
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