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Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 USA

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“mournful beauty”

This small above-ground cemetery is perfect for a quick visit. It's the oldest of the seven city operated cemeteries in New Orleans. Lafayette is the "American" cemetery, while St. Louis is a Creole cemetery.  You'll notice many Irish and German names on the tombs here, versus more French and Spanish names in St. Louis.  Lots of the people in the older tombs, you'll also notice, died of yellow fever. More beautiful than the average cemetery, there are lots of ornate crypts and old gravestones. If you go at night, be warned that it may be the burial place of witches! PS- There's also plenty of shade for hot summer days.

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Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

  • Road Warrior
  • 298 Reviews
  • 325 Helpful
September 23, 2014
Rated 4.0

New Orleans has some of the best cemeteries in the country and Lafayette is one of my favorites. It's less popular than cemetery #1 and #2, but it's equally as beautiful and has lots of character.

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Sfreiling

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  • 4 Helpful
March 05, 2017
Rated 4.0

While visiting the Garden District this is a must see. If you google free walking tours for this area, the cemetery tour will probably come up. We printed it and then took it with us. It was a wonderful tour and explained many things in detail. A lot of the people visiting that day also had the same tour.

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Reviewed by
MelanieFlynn

  • 20 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 20, 2016
Rated 4.0

The history in this area inspires awe. We did a free walking tour. A pamphlet explains some of the more famous tombs. History and stories just flows out of the cemetery. Definitely a must see for your trip.

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Juniper

  • 5 Reviews
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July 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful. We did a free walking tour that was fun and interesting, and really loved this cemetery. A must-see.

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Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

1400 Washington Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana
70130 USA

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Open now until 3:30 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Sun: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
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