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Lafayette Cemetery

History lessons and photographic opportunities abound in this famous cemetery, a final resting place for New Orleans residents since 1833.

Covering a block in the Gardens District of New Orleans, a National Historic Landmark District, the cemetery's grid-like layout mirrors the layout of the surrounding city. The cemetery took its name from the original settlement of Lafayette, which over time was annexed by the booming city of New Orleans. Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 began in 1850 and is located just north of here.

Walk through the gates of the cemetery and slip back in time. Two avenues form a neat cross through the graveyard, making it easy to navigate. Wander through the rows of tombs and crypts. Their epitaphs trace the city’s history, from its Creole beginnings, through periods of plague and war. Just like New Orleans, this non-denominational cemetery is a true melting pot; the remains of immigrants from over 25 countries are buried here. 

The cemetery features various types of graves, from the simple “ovens,” or wall vaults, which line the perimeters, to family tombs and group memorials. Keep an eye out for the monument to the deceased “woodmen of the world,” and the shared crypt of the city’s “destitute orphan boys.” Interestingly, this is regarded as one of the most haunted burial grounds in the United States. Make sure you take your camera; you may photograph more than you planned on. Over the decades visitors have reported sightings of ghostly figures, feeling cold spots and hearing strange scraping sounds amongst the tombs. Little wonder gothic fiction author Anne Rice has used the cemetery as a setting for several of her novels.

Be careful where you step as subsidence over the years has caused some of the monuments to sink, while others have been dislodged by the roots of ancient trees, giving the cemetery an eerie feel. The grounds have appeared in a number of films, including Interview with the Vampire and Double Jeopardy.

Lafayette Cemetery is lovingly maintained by the Save Our Cemeteries Group, which runs informative one-hour tours from Mondays to Saturdays. The cemetery is open every day except Sunday. The St. Charles streetcar stops close by, and if you still have an appetite after your visit, one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Commander's Palace, is right across the road.


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Lodging Near Lafayette Cemetery

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NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans - A Salamander Hotel

NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans - A Salamander Hotel

317 Baronne St, New Orleans
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of New Orleans, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saenger Theatre and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. National World War II Museum and Jackson Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$130
Sully Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn

Sully Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn

2631 Prytania St, New Orleans
3.5 out of 5.0

This bed & breakfast is located in New Orleans (Garden District), near the airport, Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans City Hall, and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Also nearby are Mercedes-Benz Superdome and National World War II Museum.

The Pontchartrain Hotel

The Pontchartrain Hotel

2031 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Central City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Mary's Assumption Church and National World War II Museum. Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Garden District Victorian With Balcony

Garden District Victorian With Balcony

3405 Coliseum St, New Orleans
0.0 out of 5.0

This apartment building is located in New Orleans (Garden District), close to Lafayette Cemetery, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and National World War II Museum. Also nearby are Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and St. Mary's Assumption Church.

Garden District Just off St. Charles mid Jan Special $260/nt

Garden District Just off St. Charles mid Jan Special $260/nt

1631 Sixth St, New Orleans
0.0 out of 5.0

This apartment building is located in New Orleans (Central City), close to Lafayette Cemetery, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and National World War II Museum. Also nearby are Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and St. Mary's Assumption Church.

2 Bedroom Carriage House on St Charles/street Car/balcony

2 Bedroom Carriage House on St Charles/street Car/balcony

2503 St Charles Ave, New Orleans
0.0 out of 5.0

This apartment building is located in New Orleans (Garden District), close to Lafayette Cemetery, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and National World War II Museum. Also nearby are Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and St. Mary's Assumption Church.

4 Bedroom Apt in Historic Mansion on St Charles/street Car

4 Bedroom Apt in Historic Mansion on St Charles/street Car

2503 St Charles Ave, New Orleans
0.0 out of 5.0

This apartment building is located in New Orleans (Garden District), close to Lafayette Cemetery, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and National World War II Museum. Also nearby are Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and St. Mary's Assumption Church.

1880's Mansion/streetcar/huge Balcony Overlooking St Charles/master's Unit

1880's Mansion/streetcar/huge Balcony Overlooking St Charles/master's Unit

2503 St Charles Ave, New Orleans
0.0 out of 5.0

This apartment building is located in New Orleans (Garden District), close to Lafayette Cemetery, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and National World War II Museum. Also nearby are Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and St. Mary's Assumption Church.