Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans (must see)

New Orleans' cemeteries are really particular, and you have to at least see one with your own eyes before leaving. Easy to find in the Garden District, a neighborhood that's generally great for strolling around in, the very picturesque Lafayette No. 1 is freely open to the public and exactly what most picture in their heads when they think of NOLA's hauntingly beautiful side. Anne Rice used it for the backdrop of several scenes from "Interview with the Vampire".

Bring your camera and take time wandering row after row of elevated crypts. Since the city lies below sea level, the tombs are uniquely placed above ground. This creates an eerie yet breathtaking memorial ground – one of the oldest in town, hosting many participants in the American Civil War as permanent guests. Several tombs also reflect the toll taken by the yellow fever epidemic, which took a toll on mostly children and newcomers; 2,000 yellow fever victims were buried here in 1852.

Either with a guided tour or simply by guiding yourself during open hours, this is overall a great piece of history to visit!

Tip:
Be very careful of where you're stepping as the cemetery pathways are not in good condition. It will be easy to sprain an ankle if you're not aware.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am–3pm

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Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 on Map

Sight Name: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA (See walking tours in New Orleans)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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