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“Archbishop wore combat boots”

Old Ursuline Convent
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Owner description: The Old Ursuline Convent was erected in 1745 and occupied until 1824 by Ursuline nuns as a convent, orphanage and school for girls. This historic building is now home to a brilliant museum with both permanent and changing exhibits.
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Archbishop wore combat boots”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Great exhibition explaining the life of one of New Orleans' most beloved Archbishops. Based on his autobiography. Along with the tour (very reasonable entrance fee), one gets to see the oldest building in the old Louisiana Territory. Great docent available. Use one if there. And we were most fortunate to see a Jazz funeral march pass by heading to the next door chapel. Local Jazz club owner's funeral march included the dirge on the way to the chapel and the upbeat second line to the cemetary. Long time since we had seen one and this was done in the old traditional manner. RIP and thanks for reminding us of an old tradition.

Visited December 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Old Ursuline Convent”
Reviewed 26 December 2013 via mobile

Beautiful buildings, lots of historical significance...worth a visit...the adjacent church is full of beautiful art and architecture

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Florence, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
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“Historical Gem”
Reviewed 6 September 2013

The Old Ursuline Convent was built in the 1750's by slave laborers and ovcupied by the Ursuline nuns who were teaching nuns. The construction is enormously complex and interesting. The building is quiet and dignified. When there are tours the tour guides are very well educated and informative. Periodically there are exhibitions. Try to catch one if possible. This site is not to be missed. It is a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the French Quarter.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago, IL
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
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“A lovely piece of history”
Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

And a quiet respite from the rest of the Quarter. We were staying right down the street at the Richelieu, so stopped in here because it's convenient. Low entry fee, good bathrooms, beautiful church and buildings, interesting exhibits, letters from presidents like Jefferson, just all around a good place to visit.

Visited June 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Nice quite place to visit”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

Went here toward the end of the day. A tour guide was there and he did a great job. Very informative about the nuns and what they did in the city. Beautiful chapel area that is used for weddings today and not mass. Great history lesson.

Visited June 2013
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