Immaculate Conception Church, New Orleans

Immaculate Conception Church, New Orleans

Known locally as the Jesuit church, this Roman Catholic marvel graces the Central Business District of New Orleans with its blend of Neo-Venetian Gothic and Gothic Revival styles, with hints of Moorish Revival and Byzantine Revival elements.

Interestingly, two Immaculate Conception churches, nearly identical in design, have stood on this site at different times. The first incarnation, envisioned by Fr. John Cambiaso, was completed in 1857. Unfortunately, in the late 1920s, that church suffered structural damage during the construction of the Pere Marquette building, leading to a dramatic split in its floor. In response, the original church was disassembled in 1928, and new foundations were laid on the same spot in 1929. The new construction, which incorporated numerous fixtures from the previous one, was completed and consecrated in 1930.

Although somewhat concealed amidst the surrounding skyscrapers, the Immaculate Conception is well worth exploring. Inside, you'll find exquisite stained glass windows and a breathtaking interior. The statues, frescoes, and altars all contribute to the undeniable beauty and spiritual atmosphere.

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Sight Name: Immaculate Conception Church
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA (See walking tours in New Orleans)
Sight Type: Religious

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