The French Quarter in New Orleans is one of the most historic and beautiful areas in the city. Walking through its streets, you’ll be able to see buildings of many different architectural styles, learn about the rich history that led to its formation, and discover why music is so important in New Orleans culture. You’ll also get some amazing views of the Mississippi River. So if you’re looking for a fun and informative way to experience the French Quarter, be sure to take a tour with the New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours!
The French Market
The French Market stretches just inland from the Mississippi River in the section of the French Quarter downriver from Jackson Square, from the Café du Monde at the upriver end, to the flea market stalls across from the New Orleans Mint building. One of the oldest markets in the United States, here you can find all sorts of souvenirs, from t-shirts and magnets to paintings and sculptures. There’s also a variety of food options, ranging from the delicious New Orleans crawfish and other seafood, down to desserts, fruits, vegetables, and more. The French Market is also known for hosting some annual events including the French Quarter Festival and the French Market Creole Tomato Festival.
St. Louis Cathedral
One of the most notable landmarks in New Orleans is the St. Louis Cathedral. With its triple steeples towering above its historical neighbors, the Cabildo and the Presbytere, the cathedral vividly overlooks the green of the Square, with General Andrew Jackson on his bronze horse and the block-long Pontalba Buildings with their iron-laced galleries. Certainly, this is the essence of old New Orleans. After all, it was here that Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded New Orleans in 1718. The cathedral’s construction began in 1789 to replace an earlier structure destroyed by a hurricane. It has undergone many renovations over time, but still retains much of its original appearance, including gilded altars, hand-carved pews, and confessionals from Bavaria. Today, it serves as both a parish church for nearby residents as well as one of New Orleans’ most popular tourist attractions.
With its historic buildings, vibrant art scene and prime location facing the Mississippi River, it’s no wonder that Jackson Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Orleans. Featuring a mix of residential and retail space, this amazing site has something for everyone. Visitors can explore the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo (Louisiana State Museums), or take a stroll through the Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States. For those looking for a more active experience, there are plenty of options as well. From the outdoor artist colony at Jackson Square that has been around for over half a century, to the numerous shops, museums, galleries and restaurants dotted throughout the area, this famous square is sure to keep you satisfied!
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