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St. Louis Cathedral

This place of religious worship is one of New Orleans’s best-known buildings.

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St. Louis Cathedral

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The front of St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, 2023. Melissa Carrier, photographer.

St. Louis Cathedral is a place of religious worship and New Orleans’s most recognizable building. Built on the site of New Orleans’s earliest church, it is one of the tallest buildings in the French Quarter. Parts of the Catholic cathedral are more than 225 years old, but most of the current building was built around 1850. The cathedral faces Jackson Square and the Mississippi River. Kings, emperors, presidents, a pope, and other important leaders have all visited St. Louis Cathedral.