Louisiana's Monuments

Louisiana's Monuments
Louisiana is known for its famous events and attractions that center around the state's art, culture and colorful history. Tour grand plantation homes; listen to music on Bourbon Street in the historic French Quarter and party during Mardi Gras season. You may also view local wildlife on the Creole Nature Trail, enjoy fishing and camping in nearly 20 state parks or visit the state's many landmarks and monuments.

Old Ursuline Convent

Completed in 1752, Old Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in Louisiana, and is the only remaining building that stands from the French Colonial Period in the United States. The nuns who lived in the convent, known as "treasure of the archdiocese," are credited with contributing to the city's growth and development by introducing decent medical care, the first school and an orphanage for girls. Old Ursuline Convent is open every day and features exhibits such as painting, religious statues and bronze busts. Admission is based on adult's, senior's and children's fees.

Old Ursuline Convent
1110 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-529-3040

Louisiana State Capitol

The tallest building in Baton Rouge, the 34-story Louisiana State Capitol is 450-feet tall and was built in 1932. Huey P. Long convinced the public and legislature that the historic skyscraper, made of limestone and featuring Art Deco architecture, should be built. Walk through landscaped gardens, view oil paintings and portraits in the Memorial Hall, view Baton Rouge from the observation deck on the 27th floor, visit the site of Long's grave and statue. The Louisiana State Capitol is open daily except on major holidays and admission is free.

Louisiana State Capitol
State Capitol Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
225-342-7317
nps.gov

Lafayette Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery, located in the Garden District of New Orleans opened in 1833 and was made famous by author, Anne Rice, as it is mentioned in many of her books, including "Interview with a Vampire." Placed on the World Monuments Fund Watch List in 1996, the popular tourist attraction was the site of mass burials during the yellow fever epidemic in 1853. Guided tours of the cemetery, which is open every day except for Sunday, are available. Admission is free and guided tour prices vary.

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

Article Written By Veronica Romualdez

Veronica Romualdez has been writing as a freelancer covering various topics since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a major in advertising and public relations from Assumption College and completed a course in interior design in 2002. Many of her articles have been published online.

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