Monuments in Louisiana

Monuments in Louisiana
Monuments in Louisiana celebrate the historic impact of French and Spanish early founders and explorers. The metropolitan area of New Orleans features numerous monuments and historic sites. Its cemeteries attract thousands of visitors each year to experience mock funeral processions complete with live jazz musicians and tours of above-ground tombs along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Old Ursuline Convent

Old Ursuline Convent features statues honoring the nuns who originally inhabited the building performing good works in the community. The facility housed the first orphanage and school for girls in the state. Statues of praying nuns representing past members of the convent border the old brick walkway leading to the front of this historic building. Inside a manicured courtyard are monuments depicting the founding sisters, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrinin and Father Francis Xavier Seelos. Inside the building are statues and bronze busts recognizing past bishops and archbishops who served in the parish.

Old Ursuline Convent
1100 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-529-3040
sacred-destinations.com/usa/new-orleans-old-ursuline-convent

Maid of Orleans

The French Market District in New Orleans features a life-size bronze statue of Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans. The statue is a detailed replica of the original Joan of Arc statue created by artist Emmanuel Fremiet. Former French President Charles de Gaulle donated the statue in 1959. The gilded statue sits upon a 17-foot-tall granite pedestal.

Maid of Orleans
1008 North Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-522-2621
frenchmarket.org

Robert E. Lee Monument

Robert E. Lee Monument stands 60 feet tall and celebrates the Civil War history of Louisiana. Located adjacent to the statue is the Louisiana Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall. Inside the museum are period artifacts and flags used by General Lee and the Confederate army.

Robert E. Lee Monument
Intersection of Lee Circle and St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
504-523-4522
confederatemuseum.com

Lafeyette Cemetery

The Lafayette Cemetery, used in the "Interview with the Vampire" movie and book by Ann Rice, is a popular stop on haunted guided tours. Above ground, tombs built in 1833 provide a backdrop for creepy tales of ghosts and voodoo relayed by cemetery guides.

Lafayette Cemetery
1400 Washington Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
504-525-3377
lafayettecemetery.org

Metairie Cemetery

Metairie Cemetery is another stop on the haunted tour circuit of Louisiana. Above ground tombs shaped like Egyptian pyramids and ghostly tales of a once famous New Orleans madam floating above her crypt, attract tourists for midnight tours. Notable New Orleans residents also buried at Metairie Cemetery include singer Louis Prima, musician Al Hirt and Confederate General John Hood.

Metairie Cemetery
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130
504-486-6331
frommers.com/destinations/neworleans/A25407.html

Article Written By Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.

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