French Quarter and Cemetery Architecture Tour

The Spanish Period of New Orleans (1762 – 1800) ushered in far-reaching changes across the city’s infrastructure. Both our system of above-ground burial and the Spanish Fire Code of 1794, were introduced during this era, giving us the iconic above-ground tombs and the beautiful brick townhomes, which have defined the city in images for hundreds of years.

The French Quarter & Cemetery Tour takes guests to St. Louis #1, our oldest above-ground cemetery, to discover the reasons for this burial tradition and the types of tombs in our Cities of the Dead. During the French Quarter architecture portion of the tour, we discuss the changes introduced to the city’s architecture by the Spanish Fire Code. We’ll learn the common types of French Quarter buildings, and learn how they reflect the people, politics, culture, and climate of the mid-nineteenth century.

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  • What's included :
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
    What's excluded :
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • Entry/Admission - The Presbytere
    • Entry/Admission - The Cabildo
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Aly, New Orleans, LA 70116-3291

    The spiritual home of New Orleans since our founding, this site has been the home to a few different buildings known as St. Louis Church/Cathedral. Learn the history of this cathedral and why it looks the way it does today.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The Presbytere, 751 Chartres Street Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116

    This is one of our few Spanish Era buildings - built to be the home of the priests. Today it is part of the Louisiana State Museum System.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    In our Spanish Era, this building was built to house the government. Learn about the Spanish Colonial features of this building and its twin - the Presbytere.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Pontalba Buildings, 700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3372

    Built in the late 1840s, these two buildings that flank Jackson Square are monuments of a changing New Orleans - with one foot in the Greek Revival Style and one foot in the Italianate Style. Learn the difference between these two styles and the story of the woman who built these buildings at this stop.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, 425 Basin St 3421 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112-3535

    Enter our oldest Cemetery and learn about our unique burial customs and hear the stories of our famous residents that are interred here.

    Duration: 45 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Louisiana Welcome Center, 529 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by New Orleans Architecture Tours

Activity ID: V-52202P3

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