St. Louis Cemetery No.1 {Louisiana}

So this might sound weird…but I love wandering through cemeteries. The history of the cemetery and the people buried there is fascinating. And one of the best cemeteries to visit is in New Orleans and their multitude of cemeteries. The oldest of these cemeteries is St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, built in 1789 and is rich in Southern Gothic style. Because New Orleans sits below sea level, early settlers to the area started burying their loved ones in above ground structures of marble. Many families will share a tomb so they create them with an entry way of sorts that can be taken out and built again after the departed as joined the family. It is here that the famed voodoo queen Marie Laveau found her final resting place and where the actor Nicholas Cage has already determined to be buried when his time comes. This cemetery is hauntingly beautiful and and absolute must see if are in New Orleans.

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