Experience the Romance and History of New Orleans
Taking a ride in a horse drawn carriage along the streets of New Orleans is a memorable experience that can be held close with this lovely souvenir from Louisiana. The image on this Worldwide Gifts refrigerator magnet shows the iconic horse and carriage in the foreground of the picture, but the dominating presence here is certainly the soaring towers and spires of the magnificent St. Louis Cathedral on the north side of Jackson Square.
Jackson Square is the very heart of the historic section of the city of New Orleans, an area known as the French Quarter. During colonial times the city was governed from this locale with the most important buildings including the notable and majestic St. Louis Cathedral and the two historic buildings on either side of it, the Cabildo to the left and the Presbytere to the right. The Cabildo was the old city hall and is presently a museum.
Historic Sites in Jackson Square and New Orleans
Visitors to New Orleans often come for its modern day entertainments, such as its famous jazz clubs and world-renowned restaurants. They also make a point of descending upon the city in droves during the two weeks before Lent in order to take part in the city's spectacular Mardi Gras celebrations. However, beyond its contemporary attractions, New Orleans holds on to its past by preserving as much as possible of its historic landmarks, including the St. Louis Cathedral and the other historic buildings surrounding Jackson Square and throughout the French Quarter.
In front of the cathedral, in the center of the Jackson Square Park, stands the famous statue of President Andrew Jackson as the heroic general who saved the city in the Battle of New Orleans. The original of this same statue stands in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.