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
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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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Neighborhood: 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, Australia3,578 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • EMSJ
    Bath, United Kingdom546 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Tardykat
    New York City, New York2,080 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
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Mrs. Romence
    Grand Rapids, Michigan143 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • mwhamburger
    Seattle, Washington829 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 17, 2023
  • jim m
    Holymoorside, United Kingdom1,178 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 14, 2024
  • redcanvas
    Dryden, Canada140 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2024
  • CharlieV2011
    Chicago, Illinois2,184 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
    Traveled solo
    Written April 18, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2024
  • dambanker
    Toronto, Canada1,751 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
    Traveled solo
    Written May 15, 2024
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SFTRVLR
San Francisco, CA2,070 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Attended Sunday mass. Not too hard to get seats (it was not during Christmas time or a major holiday).

They are definitely ahead of their time regarding getting $$- they had credit card readers at the exits and at the candle area-- impressive!
Written January 11, 2020
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JenniferandAlan
Easton, PA867 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
St Louis Cathedral is a beautiful structure flanked by the Cabildo on one side and the Presbytere on the other. Many people photograph the outside of the cathedral from Jackson Square, but if you have time and the church is open to the public, do go in. The cathedral is magnificent inside with its stained glass and statuary. The ceiling soars above you and there is a feeling of peace. I am not Catholic but like to light a candle. Thank you for keeping the church open to the public for a peaceful quiet moment of reflection. On another note, the spire is visible from anywhere in the French Quarter so you can use it to orient yourself. And don't miss the statue of Jesus with his arms upraised behind the cathedral.
Written January 27, 2020
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Danny Proctor
Nashville, TN59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We finally made a point to visit the interior of the St. Louis Cathedral on this NOLA trip. From the moment you enter, there is a quiet, peaceful and reverence that comes over you. Entering the sanctuary, there was a recording playing of Gregorian chants that was perfect underscoring for the lofty ceiling with beautiful paintings and the gorgeous stained-glass windows around the walls. For a $2 donation, you can light a candle for a loved one. My sister-in-law is battling cancer at the moment so I lit two candles in her honor. I am not a Catholic but the calm and peace from being in that historic space was felt deeply. Unforgettable. I'll go back every time I return to NOLA.
Written September 3, 2022
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Jason H
Boonton, NJ222 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
St. Louis Cathedral provides a beautiful backdrop for Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter. It’s one of the symbols of New Orleans.

However, the inside of the church doesn’t really provide much in the way of what one might typically think of for a cathedral. The ceiling is gorgeous, but the rest of the architecture is rather mundane.

There are not a lot of informational signs or things to see within the church, so a brief 10-15 minute visit would be all that you need to see this place. No admission fee is charged.
Written February 16, 2020
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Sarah M
Darien, IL140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
You can spend anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour here, depending on how closely you want to look at things. There’s an informational pamphlet available for a suggested donation of $1. We found it to be a good (cheap) purchase a very friendly docent shared some of the church’s history with us. We enjoyed our visit.
Written March 13, 2020
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jodipilot
Tri-Cities, WA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Cathedral sits at the Center of Jackson Square. It is a grand stunning piece of architecture. It is ran by the Catholic Church and is actively offering mass daily. You can attend services or just walk through the church and see it's beautiful design. The inside of the sanctuary is opulent with many intricate stained glass windows, statues, carvings, flags, plaques, and depictions of the story of Christs crucifixion. You can light a candle and say a prayer, donations welcome. What amazed me the most is that as noisy as it is right outside the doors, on the street, the sanctuary was stunningly silent with soft music and total reverence for the ground you were standing on.
Written January 1, 2020
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David M
Chapel Hill, NC394 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Most prolific cathedral in New Orleans. Easy to identify in the French Quarter and nice to walk through Jackson Square to get to the Cathedral. Outside there is street entertainment ongoing nearly all day. Inside it is a beautiful cathedral but the highlight is the stained glass and worth getting up close to each of them to see the texture and detail. Worth a 30 minute visit
Written February 15, 2020
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Glowee26
Columbus, OH181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a very beautiful Cathedral that has been active in the city of New Orleans for over 280 years. It is the oldest active Cathedral in the U.S. Its a very beautiful structure. We were visiting shortly after Christmas so the Nativity was still on display. I’m happy to have visited this historic beautiful Cathedral which is a big part of New Orleans history. Everyone should take the opportunity to go inside to see how beautiful it is.
Written January 19, 2020
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Neale1810
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK3,200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Located just off Jackson Square it’s one of the oldest cathedrals in the US. It’s very picturesque from the outside and lovely decor on the inside (worth popping inside for a few minutes). Please note that the interior is nowhere to the level found in old religious buildings in Europe but my rating is based on what is typically found in the US.
Written February 7, 2020
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Debbie A
Dimmitt, TX96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This Catholic Church has been very well maintained through the years. It is sparkling white on the outside, inside the murals and stained glass windows are beautiful. It has marble floors, heavy wood pews and ornately carved wood on the sanctuary. It’s worth the time to stop by.
Written February 18, 2020
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