7,000 graves in New Orleans' oldest cemetery, built in 1789
Eerie beauty of the maze-like grounds in the French Quarter
Tombs of notable denizens like voodoo priestess Marie Laveau
Insight on jazz funerals at the New Orleans Musicians' Tomb
History of Creole customs & above-ground burial traditions
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided walking tour of Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1
Live tour commentary provided in English
What you can expect
Venture into New Orleans' past with a walking tour of the city's oldest cemetery—Saint Louis No. 1. Learn about the unique customs behind above-ground burials, absorb the eerie beauty of the grounds, and stand before the graves of NOLA notables like voodoo priestess Marie Laveau.
Simultaneously spooky and serene, Saint Louis Cemetery has plenty of stories to tell from its lifetime as a Big Easy burial ground. Just steps from the French Quarter, this hallowed space has been flooded, abandoned, and reborn since it was first founded in 1789. Wander the labyrinthine walkways as you explore its wall vaults and tombs, listening as your guide masterfully weaves tales about the 100,000 people who call this city block their final resting place.
Populated through the centuries by marauding pirates and voodoo queens, it's no wonder that New Orleans counts some colorful personalities among its dead. Draw an X on the tomb of Marie Laveau, and learn about Barthelemy Lafon, a member of Jean Lafitte's pillaging crew. Tread lightly as you pass the grave of notorious serial killer Delphine Lalaurie—this is the most haunted cemetery in Louisiana, after all.
More illustrious folks are entombed here, too. Imagine the celebratory melodies of a jazz funeral as you stand before the New Orleans Musicians' Tomb, and pay your respects to Creole civil rights activist Homer Plessy. You can even see the future grave of Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage.