Lafayette Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery featuring a cemetery
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History lessons andphotographic opportunities abound in this famous cemetery, a final restingplace for New Orleans residents since 1833.

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

Walk through thegates of the cemetery and slip back in time. Two avenues form a neat crossthrough the graveyard, making it easy to navigate. Wander through the rows oftombs and crypts. Their epitaphs trace the city’s history, from its Creolebeginnings, through periods of plague and war. Just like New Orleans, thisnon-denominational cemetery is a true melting pot the remains of immigrantsfrom over 25 countries are buried here.

The cemetery featuresvarious types of graves, from the simple “ovens,” or wall vaults, which linethe perimeters, to family tombs and group memorials. Keep an eye out for themonument to the deceased “woodmen of the world,” and the shared crypt of thecity’s “destitute orphan boys.” Interestingly, thisis 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, feelingcold spots and hearing strange scraping sounds amongst the tombs. Little wondergothic fiction author Anne Rice has used the cemetery as a setting for severalof her novels.

Be careful where youstep 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 thecemetery an eerie feel. The grounds have appeared in a number of films,including Interview with the Vampire and Double Jeopardy.

LafayetteCemetery is lovingly maintained by the Save Our Cemeteries Group, which runsinformative one-hour tours from Mondays to Saturdays. The cemetery is openevery day except Sunday. The St. Charles streetcar stops close by, and if youstill have an appetite after your visit, one of the city’s most popularrestaurants, Commander's Palace, is right across the road.

Top Hotels Close to Lafayette Cemetery

Hotel Indigo NEW ORLEANS GARDEN DISTRICT, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo NEW ORLEANS GARDEN DISTRICT, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2203 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130
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Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116
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The Pontchartrain Hotel
The Pontchartrain Hotel
4 out of 5
2031 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $134 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
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Magnolia Mansion
Magnolia Mansion
3 out of 5
2127 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $99 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Magnolia Mansion
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is $169 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Hotel Indigo NEW ORLEANS GARDEN DISTRICT, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo NEW ORLEANS GARDEN DISTRICT, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2203 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $119 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Hotel Indigo NEW ORLEANS GARDEN DISTRICT, an IHG Hotel
The Pontchartrain Hotel
The Pontchartrain Hotel
4 out of 5
2031 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $134 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
The Pontchartrain Hotel
St. Charles Inn
St. Charles Inn
2.5 out of 5
3636 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70115
The price is $129 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
St. Charles Inn
Henry Howard Hotel
Henry Howard Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2041 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $179 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Henry Howard Hotel
Club Wyndham Avenue Plaza
Club Wyndham Avenue Plaza
3 out of 5
2111 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $149 per night from Jul 21 to Jul 22
Club Wyndham Avenue Plaza
Hampton Inn New Orleans-St. Charles Ave./Garden District, LA
Hampton Inn New Orleans-St. Charles Ave./Garden District, LA
3.5 out of 5
3626 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70115
The price is $135 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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St Charles Coach House, Ascend Hotel Collection
St Charles Coach House, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
2001 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $119 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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