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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Cemetery, Spiritual Center, and Monument / Landmark
French Quarter, New Orleans
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  • Stephen L.
    "There are a number of other interesting tombs as well."(11 Tips)
    The Criterion Collection
    "also home to the bones of Voodoo queen Marie Laveau."(10 Tips)
    Rory P.
    "Make sure you check out the Nicholas Cage pyramid plot"(5 Tips)
    Michael Z.
    "... trip!!!! Check out Nicolas Cage's horrible addition to this beautiful..."(4 Tips)
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  • Hadi
    HadiMarch 24
    A must see!!! I mean it.
  • Steph S.
    Steph SchneiderFebruary 8
    I had so many misconceptions. I learned a lot! You need a tour guide.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulerFebruary 3
    One of the amazing cemeteries to visit when you're in NOLA. The acid trip scene in Easy Rider was filmed here.
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SelbyOctober 22, 2016
    Great tour knowledgeable guide.
  • Tamara N.
    Tamara NealJanuary 26, 2016
    You must have a licensed tour guide to enter St. Louis Cemetery #1. French Quarter New Orleans Tours (504)220-4291
  • Delma C.
    Delma CarltonDecember 30, 2015
    Very historical, Nicholas Cage final home
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezNovember 19, 2015
    You can't get in without a tour guide. Take a tour with Save Our Cemeteries - it's a nonprofit that works on restoring the cemetery!
  • Courtney U.
    Courtney UlmerNovember 10, 2015
    It's sad that you need a tour guide to get in now thanks to people desecrating the tombs. Still worth it but you do not get to see the full cemetery now. Glad I was there last October.
  • Marcin S.
    Marcin SOctober 29, 2015
    Disappointed. Cemetery was in bad condition. Nothing special.
  • Alessandro F.
    Alessandro FantatoOctober 8, 2015
    Is not possible to visit it in a rush. I understand faster is the guide more he/she earns but not this way.
  • Denette
    DenetteSeptember 28, 2015
    Nic Cage has a spot here. See the voo doo queen. Fascinating!
  • Jessica d.
    Jessica de MartineSeptember 15, 2015
    You can only get in with a registered tour guide.
  • Priya T.
    Priya TungrusAugust 28, 2015
    We walk everywhere, walked here on a hot day only to be told that we had to be part of am organised Christian group only to go inside. We walked away :-(
  • Laura W.
    Laura WilsonJuly 13, 2015
    Take the tour!
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobertsMarch 2, 2015
    As of March 1 2015, you need a tour guide to enter.
  • Tina J.
    Tina JainFebruary 28, 2015
    Starting March 2015, you'll have to get on a walking tour to get inside and see around.
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessFebruary 20, 2015
    Make sure you check out the Nicholas Cage pyramid plot
  • Dom W.
    Dom WongJanuary 5, 2015
    Nicolas Cage's tomb is here...look out for the white marble pyramid
  • Jill O.
    Jill OgletreeDecember 26, 2014
    See where a voodoo preistess is buried. You can also see where Nicholas Cages future resting place
  • Kelsey A.
    Kelsey AndersonNovember 28, 2014
    Try and get a tour from Save Our Cemeteries at the Basin St. Station. Visit the REAL tomb of the voodo queen, not the one marked in x and see Nicolas Cage's giant pyramid.
  • Nadezhda O.
    Nadezhda OvcharenkoNovember 13, 2014
    Take a walking tour from French quarter, not the ones offered at the entrance. You will get a lot more interesting info about the city
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LegaultNovember 2, 2014
    Go pay homage to Homer Plessy, plaintiff in the US Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson. There are a number of other interesting tombs as well.
  • Ali G.
    Ali GokceSeptember 23, 2014
    Spooky!! Don't have any idea why some of the tombs has X marks on them.
  • Lindsey N.
    Lindsey NobleSeptember 14, 2014
    Closed today... :-(
  • Manithda A.
    Manithda AnouAugust 17, 2014
    Look for the voodoo queen, Marie Laveau! You have to!
  • Becky C.
    Becky CainJuly 30, 2014
    Bought the 3-1 witches brew tour for $12 a person and was pleasantly surprised. Cindy was a great guide. Interesting history.
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy AndersonJuly 1, 2014
    Jeffrey at Strange True Tours is a really interesting guide!!! Love his behind the scenes tour of the cemetery!
  • Bill S.
    Bill StaneyMay 24, 2014
    View from within
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Daniya T.
    Daniya TamendarovaMarch 8, 2014
    Do the Save Our Cemeteries guided tour ($20) or buy their excellent guide ($5) and support preservation of this place. Marie Laveau is said to be buried here. A magnetic place. I felt safe.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LaboveJanuary 23, 2014
    A famous NOLA oddity--the above ground burial plot. STL #1 is the oldest of the three here, and is rumoured to be where Nicholas Cage will be buried upon his demise.
  • Jody R.
    Jody RozasJanuary 20, 2014
    Apparently they shut it down at noon on Martin Luther King day. I found this out at about 11:55a when they said, 'Last call! Locking the gate!', with no prior warnings. Its a very interesting walk.
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FajmanDecember 27, 2013
    If you're going to visit, it's worth the $20 per person for a tour by the Save Our Cemeteries organization. You'll learn things you wouldn't otherwise and support the preservation of the cemeteries.
  • DjSugarDaddy.com
    DjSugarDaddy.comNovember 13, 2013
    Haunted New Orleans Cemeteries "Cities Of The Dead" Tour by DJ Sugar Daddy http://youtu.be/hwkCPIvatPc
  • Debi C.
    Debi CurlAugust 28, 2013
    Stop writing on the crypts with permanent markings
  • Sharky G.
    Sharky GriffithAugust 12, 2013
    On Sunday you may get a personal your by the grace keeper. Please tip him well. He is very knowledgeable of the place
  • Rebecca Z.
    Rebecca ZickefooseApril 15, 2013
    Feels like stepping into another world. Quiet and somber. Lovely.
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZickefooseApril 15, 2013
    A must see on your trip!!!! Check out Nicolas Cage's horrible addition to this beautiful place.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 19, 2013
    Founded in 1789, the cemetery is the oldest in the city; among those believed to be interred here is the Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau.
  • Cody Y.
    Cody YocomFebruary 17, 2013
    Oldest cemetery that is still in existence in the city. People buried their dead just outside of the Quarter for fear of Yellow Fever, which was rampant in the 18th century.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PrattFebruary 7, 2013
    Very cool, somewhat spooky cemetery. Be careful though, it's in a shady part of town and located right next to the projects.
  • Voodoo Chief Divine Prince T.
    Voodoo Chief Divine Prince Ty EmmeccaNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    No trip is complete without Congo Square Preservation Society and St. Louis Cemetery #1 with The Divine Prince, Congo Square Elegun and Guardian of the Flame Maroon Society Voodoo Chief
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiOctober 18, 2012
    Although a cemetery, this place is truly a unique site. Above ground mausoleums everywhere. It is gothic with a feeling of voodoo in the air.
  • Stephen ..
    Stephen .June 28, 2012
    Persons marking on tombs, or any other edifice within the historic New Orleans cemeteries, may be subject to police action.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WebbMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    French Quarter Phantoms offers a tour of the cemetery leaving from CC's on Decatur Street @ 11 am each day except 10 am on Sundays! A great value and a great time!
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranMarch 12, 2012
    You can mistake 3 different gravesites as Marie Laveau's, but there's only one with a "proper" plaque. Who knows which one is the right one.
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranMarch 12, 2012
    Is it disrespectful to bring drink to the cemetery?
  • NOLA Nites Concierge | Meloney Smith
    Leaving offerings at voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s tomb, located in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (Basin St., between Conti and St. Louis streets).
  • NOLA Nites Concierge | Meloney Smith
    We love Paying respects at the city's aboveground cemeteries on All Saints Day (Nov. 1).
  • Dorian B.
    Dorian BennettJanuary 13, 2012
    I believe that Ernie K Doe is buried near the left rear of the graveyard along with my friend and neighbor Lloyd Sensat in Anna Ross Twitchell's tomb of elegance. She shares with only the best!!!
  • Adam W.
    Adam WongDecember 5, 2011
    Bring a sharpie and an offering to Marie Laveau for 3 wishes
  • Ally M.
    Ally MillarOctober 29, 2011
    Check out Nicolas Cage's giant, gaudy pyramid tomb. So outrageously out of place.
  • Dorian B.
    Dorian BennettSeptember 10, 2011
    It is a must visit for history in New Orleans with Marie LeVeau and other notables filling these historic landmark vaults. Just cruise through the alley ways and picture the landed notables of city!
  • ルナ 山.
    ルナ 山根August 22, 2011
    I <3 this cemetery ^^ very nice. WATCH THIS!
  • E R.
    E RimlandJune 27, 2011
    In the summer, go early and take sunscreen. The concrete makes it like an oven !
  • The Criterion Collection
    The lost souls of Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider dropped some acid and encountered a few ghosts of their own in this New Orleans cemetery that's also home to the bones of Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Read more
  • Natalie L.
    Natalie La MantiaApril 25, 2011
    Find Dave the caretaker and take his tour. Tip him $5, totally worth it! He's funny, knows a lot, and very nice.
  • Liz B.
    Liz BaxterDecember 30, 2010
    Marie laveau had a daughter whose tomb is there too...also covered with xxx. Pretty cool place to see even without a tour. Closes at 3pm though!
  • Danielle N.
    Danielle NeufeldNovember 23, 2010
    Visit Marie Laveau's grave.. the one with tons of XXX marks that people have drawn for luck. H. Plessy (Plessy vs. Ferguson) is also here. Court case resulted in separate but equal segregation laws.
  • Scott o.
    Scott of AtlantaNovember 18, 2010
    Open 10am-3pm
  • Taj W.
    Taj W.August 22, 2010
    Great cemetary to sightsee at, but I wouldn't suggest going alone, as there are homeless people and vagrants drifting about. Be sure to check out Marie Laveau's tomb, which is right by the entrance.
  • Rod H.
    Rod HJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Not safe to visit alone. One way in, one way out; teens from the projects next door mug tourists frequently
  • Casey n.
    Casey nunezJune 12, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The cemetery scenes in the movie easy rider were filmed here
  • Denise S.
    Denise SJune 1, 2010
    Save our cemeteries tour only $10. Its only on certain days if the week. Go to the visitor center and ask. Nicholas Cage's final resting place is here too
  • jeanine H.
    jeanine HoffmannMay 21, 2010
    Haunted History gives a great tour for 20 bucks.. 17 if u have a coupon
  • Erik M.
    Erik MyersJanuary 15, 2010
    Go to the next block over to 501 Basin St (the museum) on Friday or Saturday morning at 10:00 AM and get a tour from Save Our Cemeteries.
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