Nestled in the heart of Jackson Square in downtown New Orleans stands America’s oldest operating cathedral. The St. Louis Cathedral hosts a congregation that has been meeting since 1727. However the construction started on this building in 1789 and has been an iconic landmark in the city ever since.
When Adrien De Pauger arrived in New Orleans he had a plan to develop the city. He laid out much of the French Quarter and even dedicated the land for the cathedral right in the center of the new city. This cathedral was named after King Louis IX of France and the first house of worship on the land was built in 1727. Unfortunately, De Pauger passed away in 1726, not able to see the completion of the church. He was buried in the unfinished church. There are actually several notable people who are buried under the cathedral.
A fire in 1788 burnt several buildings in the area including the cathedral. The new church construction started in 1789 and was completed in 1794.
The cathedral has remained in service since 1794. It has hosted many notable visitors including presidents, celebrities and various others.
Today the St. Louis Cathedral is open to the public during various times throughout the day. This is still an operating cathedral with services, weddings and funerals that may impact tour times.
St. Louis Cathedral is located at 615 Pere Antoine Alley in Jackson Square of downtown New Orleans. For more information about the cathedral, service times and weddings please visit the official website here.
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