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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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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  • Lisa W
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Experience
    We attended Mass on Sunday and the Archbishop led the service. The staff of the church were very welcoming and after the Mass they welcomed everyone to stay as long as they wanted and to take as many pictures as they wanted. It is an amazing and gorgeous piece of history, a living exhibit of religious art and artifacts. We were so happy we got up to attend and that everyone was so kind.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 8, 2023
  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, Connecticut2,098 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous and busily peaceful
    This gorgeous cathedral is in the central hub of New Orleans, right by Jackson Square, and is worth a visit for the breathtaking architecture alone. However, it's also an active place of worship and is a serene place to pause and reflect despite the constant stream of people. I loved the contradictions between a bustling, social city like New Orleans and the peaceful atmosphere within the cathedral. We were sincerely welcomed when we stepped inside and were allowed to stay for as long as we wanted. We paused to inhale a few moments of calm.
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 22, 2023
  • VeronicaL495
    109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easter Sunday Mass the Music was special
    We saw the Easter Parade with approx 6 Horse Drawn Carriages and the ladies in their Easter Bonnetts. Then Mass at the Cathedral. The music, simging, Knights of Coulbanus and the Bishops Cermon were all wonderful. A brillant experience for us.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Mixa's Travels
    Oldsmar, Florida3,089 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Old Cathedral and Mass
    We attended the 9:00AM Sunday Mass at the Cathedral. This is a beauitful old Cathederal. It is the oldest Cathedral in continuous use in the United States. The decor inside is amazaing. The service was very good and we were impressed with the Archbishiop and his message. Sadly, we didn't get a chance to tour the Cathedral to learn more of its long and rich history.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • alabama_number_1
    Livingston, Alabama217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit each time we are in New Orleans. We love St. Louis Cathedral
    St. Louis Cathedral is a must visit each time we go to New Orleans. We were there during the week so we did not go for a service, but just going inside gives you the feeling knowing you are in a sacred place. This is a must visit just to see the beautiful cathedral.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 14, 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia1,080 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 July 27, 2023
  • EMSJ
    Weston super Mare, United Kingdom536 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 September 8, 2023
  • Tardykat
    New York City, New York1,743 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 October 29, 2023
  • Mrs. Romence
    Grand Rapids, Michigan125 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 November 11, 2023
  • mwhamburger
    Seattle, Washington843 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 December 17, 2023
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jim m
Holymoorside, UK1,203 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 January 14, 2024
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,836 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Entrance is free to this white Catholic church located at one end of Jackson Square. While the exterior with its Disney castle appearance is much photographed, the interior also has surprising visual treats. There are many reminders inside the church that King Louis IX was the church's patron. Just inside the entrance, look at the alcove in the wall to see a painted statue of this king. Look at the excellent colored stained glass windows which depict his life. Above the altar is a large painting of him being crowned. However the first thing one sees upon entering this church are the many national flags (French, Spanish, American, British) hanging from the 2 galleries. The religious art work is centered on a large painting - a ceiling fresco - and the rococo altar. The plaques on the wall of the church notify visitors that 2 Popes have visited this church - Pope John Paul II and Pope Paul Vi who named the church a Basilica. We stayed about 20 minutes walking around the interior of the church.

The garden at the back of the church is now closed off to visitors and is uncared for despite the length of time that Katrina did its damage there. We enjoyed walking in the alley at the back and side of the church where artists hang their works for sale and attract crowds.

Good photos of the church's exterior with Jackson's statue in front can be taken at the entrance to the Square off Decatur Street where horse and buggies await tourists. Another good spot for photos of the Square and the church is up on the river promenade straight across from the Square.
Written January 13, 2024
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jlantern3
Columbia, SC12,571 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Iconic building located on Jackson Square- didn't go in, but amazed at its exterior greatness==Photo ops galore. A classic symbol of the city
Written December 29, 2023
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mwhamburger
Seattle, WA843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
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.
Written December 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

virginiap511
Manistee, MI10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We were so Blessed to be there for a Sunday, Advent Mass with the Archbishop. He shared a lovely message. It's a not to miss Cathedral.
Written December 14, 2023
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Mrs. Romence
Grand Rapids, MI125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
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.
Written November 11, 2023
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Carol K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Went to mass with my sister. It is a beautiful cathedral and we were surprised that it is the oldest one in the USA.
Written October 31, 2023
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Tardykat
New York City, NY1,743 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
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.
Written October 29, 2023
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Nancy L
Easton, MD59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Stop here if you have time. Absolutely beautiful church with a rich history. You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate the church’s beauty.
Written October 19, 2023
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EMSJ
Weston super Mare, UK536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
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.
Written September 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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