Tour New Orleans Cemeteries for an Unforgettable Experience
New Orleans has on occasion been called the "City of the Dead," which refers to numerous above ground tombs and burial vaults that take up a great deal of the city's acreage. This photo fridge magnet shows just one of the beautiful marble memorials erected in the famous St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans. If you are looking for a more eclectic than average vacation experience, sign up for one of the famous cemetery tours- the boldest tourists tour the St. Louis Cemetery at night!
Within the intricate and ornately designed wrought iron gates that surround each of the three cemeteries included in the St. Louis Cathedral domain there are thousands of white stone tombs, beautifully carved marble memorial statues, and wall vaults with family names dating back hundreds of years. The wealthiest New Orleans families demonstrated their family heritage by erecting the most ornate and decorative tombs with statues and carvings, while the average family utilized the local white stone to build tombs.
Notable Tombs to Visit in the St. Louis Cemetery
The tomb of Voodoo queen, Marie Laveau, is the most visited tomb in the cemeteries of New Orleans. The legendary nineteenth century Voodoo priestess has inspired a custom of performing a brief ritual in front of her tomb in order to have a wish granted. Whether the thousands of triple Xs marking the tomb are the work of Voodoo practitioners or merely superstitious tourists, this tomb has become a highlight of the St. Louis Cemetery #1 tour.
St. Louis Cemetery #2 is the location for the final resting place of famous jazz musicians, Danny Barker and Ernie K. Doe. Around the time of their entombment the jazz funeral tradition was established and remains an iconic image of New Orleans.