St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans (must see)

Most tourists recognize the St. Louis Cathedral's triple spires as the main symbol of the French Quarter. Many have taken photos of the gleaming white facade against a clear blue sky, from across picturesque Jackson Square. Relatively few, though, have stepped inside the Cathedral to view its beautiful interior. The stained glass windows depict the saintly life of France's King Louis IX and the glorious murals and statuary beckon the visitor back nearly 300 years to its founding.

The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States, built in 1727 and dedicated to King Louis IX of France. The original structure was burned during the great fire of 1794. The current structure was completed in the 1850s.

The influence of both the Spanish and the French is easily recognized in both the artwork of the church and also the flags displayed near the chandeliers in the main aisle of the sanctuary. The cathedral was designated as a minor basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1964. Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral in September 1987 and after the visit the square in front of the church was renamed in the pope's honor.

The interior is open for self-guided tours when masses and other church functions are not going on. The fine pipe organ is frequently played for the enjoyment of visitors and there also is a small gift shop.

Tip:
Note the sloping floor: Clever architectural design somehow keeps the building upright even as its ground continues to sink.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:30am-4pm; Mass: 12:05pm

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St. Louis Cathedral on Map

Sight Name: St. Louis Cathedral
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA (See walking tours in New Orleans)
Sight Type: Religious
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