St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral
4.5
Architectural BuildingsChurches & Cathedrals
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Dating all the way back to 1727, this historic church is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the U.S. It overlooks Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter
    Situated at the end of Jackson Square it is the oldest Cathedral in North America. It is free to enter and a welcome relief on a hot day. The guide that was there was so helpful and courteous to anyone who had any questions. When we were visiting they were renovating some of the inside but was still beautiful to photograph or to just sit in quiet to reflect. Definitely worth a visit if in the French Quarter.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • EMSJ
    Bath, United Kingdom535 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazingly Beautiful Building
    On a very hot day walking around New Orleans we went into look at this beautiful cathedral near Jackson Square. The architecture is outstanding to say the least. And the coolness within was much appreciated on like I said a very hot day. I must add that it’s a shame that gentlemen do not take off their baseball caps when they’re in a place such as this.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Tardykat
    New York City, New York1,972 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looks like Cinderella's Castle
    Being the oldest Catholic church in the USA, it looks very modern and new as it has been rebuilt 3 times, with the last in the 1850s. Inside is a cool sanctuary when it's a hot and humid day outside. Perfect respite. Note the beautiful bible though only a copy, the illustrations (in gold) are a work of art.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Mrs. Romence
    Grand Rapids, Michigan142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Place to Visit!
    I have been to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and several other cathedrals in Europe and this cathedral ranks in the top with those contenders. It is such a beautiful creation inside and out. We visited on a Sunday so a baptism was taking place and it was so beautiful to watch. You are allowed to walk inside the sanctuary and take pictures. Many of the statues and memorials are written in French. It is a very beautiful place. I highly recommend that you visit this wonderful piece of history- it does not take long to visit, less than thirty minutes. It is such a beautiful respite from all the homeless people and strong odors outside. Be sure to include this place on your travel itinerary.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • mwhamburger
    Seattle, Washington830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    you must visit the oldest cathedral in the U.S. at the lovely Jackson Square.
    A gem. We found out that Irma Thompson was going to be there, the queen of soul in New Orleans. She's awesome!! The church was packed and lines were huge. No admission fee but a donation is welcome. The cathedral is the oldest in the U.S.; first destroyed by a hurricane in 1722 and a fire in 1788. Rebuilt in 1794.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 December 2023
  • jim m
    Holymoorside, United Kingdom1,179 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    peaceful
    A small Cathedral with clear French influences. A peaceful place providing a contrast to the musical streets. A beautiful place but I am always put off by any signs of patriotism or personal idolisation in places of Godly worship.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 January 2024
  • redcanvas
    Dryden, Canada137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot for a break!
    Great spot to sit and listen to musics of street performers around the square. Benches and manicured grounds. Read the signs…Google the history! Several cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2024
  • CharlieV2011
    Chicago, Illinois2,122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and Serene
    I stopped in here and absolutely loved this church! I loved sitting down at a pew and taking in the decorations, glass windows, and environment. This is a great church to stop in for some peace and quiet and to gather your thoughts in a sacred environment!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 April 2024
  • Monica T
    Bay Village, Ohio35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST stop in New Orleans
    St. Louis Cathedral is one of the oldest cathedrals in continuous use in the United States and a testament to the faith and vision of the Ursuline Sisters, who helped bring this cathedral into existence. Its magnificent architecture rivals many of the churches in Europe. It is certainly a place of solace and quiet just outside the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street. We had the privilege of attending mass on Sunday and the choir was incredible…truly a beautiful spiritual experience.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2024
  • dambanker
    Toronto, Canada1,752 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go inside!
    While I have visited Jackson Square before for some reason I never took the time go inside the Cathedral. And you should! As amazing as the cathedral looks from the outside, it is just as great inside. Well worth the walk in. Unfortunately during my visit you can only access the main floor. Not sure if that changes ever but that would have been cool to explore some more. Also go early as later in the day there was lots of people around. Don't do what I've done an walk past... do go in.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 May 2024
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Jack J
Catoosa, OK153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans is a stunning architectural gem. My brief visit left a lasting impression—the interior is simply breathtaking. Entry is free, but donations are requested for lighting candles or acquiring a brochure, which supports its upkeep. Unfortunately, we arrived during a service and opted to leave promptly to avoid disruption. Nevertheless, I'm eager to return for a more thorough exploration. The glimpse we had was truly remarkable.
Written 20 June 2024
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Robert
Portland, TX115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
To get a little relief from the heat we went into the air-conditioned St. Louis Cathedral. Didn’t spend too much time there as it was closing shortly. The building is very ornate with murals on the ceiling and classic stain glassed windows.
Written 4 June 2024
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TheTravelbopper
Boise, ID45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I was pretty excited to see this. We had attempted to go for a few days during our trip but they had Mass and other things going on. When we finally made it on a open for visiting day I was happy. The inside is amazing and the history behind this cathedral is also amazing.
Written 26 May 2024
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dambanker
Toronto, Canada1,752 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
While I have visited Jackson Square before for some reason I never took the time go inside the Cathedral. And you should!

As amazing as the cathedral looks from the outside, it is just as great inside. Well worth the walk in. Unfortunately during my visit you can only access the main floor. Not sure if that changes ever but that would have been cool to explore some more. Also go early as later in the day there was lots of people around.

Don't do what I've done an walk past... do go in.
Written 16 May 2024
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Monica T
Bay Village, OH35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
St. Louis Cathedral is one of the oldest cathedrals in continuous use in the United States and a testament to the faith and vision of the Ursuline Sisters, who helped bring this cathedral into existence. Its magnificent architecture rivals many of the churches in Europe. It is certainly a place of solace and quiet just outside the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street. We had the privilege of attending mass on Sunday and the choir was incredible…truly a beautiful spiritual experience.
Written 22 April 2024
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CharlieV2011
Chicago, IL2,122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I stopped in here and absolutely loved this church! I loved sitting down at a pew and taking in the decorations, glass windows, and environment. This is a great church to stop in for some peace and quiet and to gather your thoughts in a sacred environment!
Written 18 April 2024
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Michael O
Lichfield, UK767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is an active church and feels like it and not just an historical artefact. It looks vary French in style and for me has a Normandy feel.
Written 2 April 2024
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redcanvas
Dryden, Canada137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great spot to sit and listen to musics of street performers around the square. Benches and manicured grounds. Read the signs…Google the history! Several cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
Written 13 March 2024
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Angela C
157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful church! Reminds me a lot of the grandeur of St Patricks Cathedral in New York. The guide on site was super knowledgeable as well. The images and statues and the stained glass windows - stunning! Did you know tip - the windows all display the life of Saint Louis. I really love the image of St Peter on the ceiling. As if he was looking down and checking on me. Lovely. I would LOVE to see a wedding here. it must be magnificent to walk down that aisle!
Written 2 March 2024
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jim m
Holymoorside, UK1,179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
A small Cathedral with clear French influences. A peaceful place providing a contrast to the musical streets. A beautiful place but I am always put off by any signs of patriotism or personal idolisation in places of Godly worship.
Written 14 January 2024
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