Wednesday, June 10, 2009

St. Louis Cemetery I ~ Giveaway Day 4

Well, you know us.... We couldn't visit just ONE Cemetery while in New Orleans.

We also went to St Louis Cemetery I. It is situated only one block away from the French Quarter. And has been in continuous use since its formation.

Covering only one city block, it is the resting place of over 100,000 dead. This cemetery was not laid out with any amount of symmetry and the paths between the tombs can be a maze.

Many notable New Orleanians are interred here including the renowned Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau. Who is believed to be in the Glapion Family Crypt.

Visitors will leave small gifts for her and the crypt is covered with hundreds of rusty X's. It is believed that marking an X on Marie's tomb will ensure that the believers' wishes will come true.

Near St. Louis Cemetery I is the oldest surviving church in the city of New Orleans, Mortuary Chapel. It was built in 1826 as a burial church for the victims of yellow fever. It is now called Our Lady of Guadalupe and is the official chapel of the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments.

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More juicy tidbits tomorrow about the cemeteries of New Orleans!

Same Time, Same Station! See Ya Then!


Tammy said...

Love the story on the Vodoo Queen.
Have a Great Day!

Sherry Byrum said...

I remember seeing these cemetaries as a child on trips to New Orleans!

AwtemNymf said...

I saw the Voodoo Queen one on a tv show once and got to wondering if you visited her as well. You're right about the "x's". Supposed to bring you luck if you mark one. Wow! That must have been something?! Once again- hubby & I will go there to visit someday!
Haunting Hugs!

Renee said...

Okay 4th chance to win some fairie rings.

I love cemeteries.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting, it is definitely a place that I want to visit one day.

JenW!~ said...

I saw this on Tv once also.I'd like to visit it one day.

princess210 said...

I would love to check this place out, thanks for the info!! 2nd entry for some fairy goodies!!!

Anonymous said...

cool! did you leave an X on her tomb?
:) Missy