A Walk through New Orleans

Take a stroll through The Big Easy

By Google Arts & Culture

The French Quarter

The city may be known today as a party town, but New Orleans has a rich history grounded in diverse cultures.

St. Louis Cathedral

This historic cathedral has served the Catholic communities of New Orleans since 1793, when the city was controlled by the Spanish. The building is said to be haunted by Father Antonio de Sedella, a priest of the cathedral and buried within its grounds.

The Cabildo

Next to the cathedral is the Cabildo, dating to 1799, it was the former seat of the Spanish government. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 was officially conducted here. Today it houses the Louisiana State Museum and its collection of colonial artefacts.

The Musical Legends Park

This petite park on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is dedicated to the musicians who made New Orleans famous. See these famous figures immortalised in life-sized bronze statues, and stay for the daily free concerts.

Preservation Hall

The ramshackle frontage of Preservation Hall hides a true monument to the history of Black music in America. The music venue is associated with an education foundation, with the mission of, 'protecting and honoring New Orleans  Jazz'.

New Orleans Botanical Garden

The gardens opened in 1936, and still feature many of the original art-deco fittings. The Conservatory of the Two Sisters, seen here, is the home of many exotic palms, rare and endangered species, and 'Living Fossils'.

Chalmette Battlefield

This is the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, held between the British and the United States armies during the War of 1812. The cemetery opened after the US Civil War, and is the resting place of 15,000 soldiers - right up to the Vietnam War.

Cafe Lafitte in Exile

This small cafe in the French Quarter holds the title of the oldest gay bar in the USA, having never closed its doors since it first opened at the end of the prohibition era, in 1933. Over the decades, it has hosted many celebrities such as Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote.

Audobon Nature Reserve

Part of the Audobon Nature Institute located in the Uptown neighbourhood of New Orleans, the park boasts 350 acres of forests and lawns. Take a stroll among the trees and keep an eye out for the many varieties of birds that make this tranquil park their home.

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