New Orleans: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

The gate to today’s cemetery on a sunny day.

A trip to the Garden District of New Orleans started off with a walkthrough of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. It was begun in 1833 and includes many soldiers from the Civil War along with many families of various ethnic and national descent. The cemetery is non-segregated and non-denominational. Unlike St. Louis No. 1, there is grass and flora overgrowth that looks quite healthy along with lines of trees creating a very different feel from St. Louis No. 1. This difference fits the area that houses the cemetery.

The main avenue of mausoleums.

This one has a bench and what looks like an altar in front of the mausoleum.

I love the shadow play from the sun coming through the trees.

This one is open…but no oven baked pizza.

A My Fair Lady reference and an example of what is done when the front plaque is filled.

Many flowers, these are not lonely graves.

You can see some of the aging damage, especially on the walkways. Originally I thought this might have been from Katrina, but this is the ONLY cemetery that was left untouched from the flooding.

One of the back graves. Completely different from the mausoleums that occupy most of the cemetery.

I just thought this was touching.

Best thing on a grave I’ve ever seen.

Interesting design choice putting the crucifix in front of the name.

This one has their own fenced in tiny yard.

These two look like a tiny cathedral.

Completely overgrown by it’s shrubbery, but still interesting looking.

Next week: A walk through the Garden District and some really impressive houses.


About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel T5i with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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5 Responses to New Orleans: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

  1. yourothermotherhere says:

    The pictures remind me of the movie “Interview With A Vampire”.

    • nsantasier says:

      It is down the street from Anne Rice’s old house and is one of many locations that probably influenced her writing.

      • yourothermotherhere says:

        Isn’t that something? Someone told me once that you can’t go by or into those cemeteries at night because you would be mugged or worse. Do you know if that’s true or not?

      • nsantasier says:

        You don’t want to go into the cemeteries alone as there is the risk of crime. There are various tours which are a good idea. I did a tour for St. Louis No. 1. For Lafayette I went with some friends. Some of the tours are at night, but as long as you stay with a group you will be fine.

      • yourothermotherhere says:

        Thank you. It sounds so romantic and historic, yet I get shivers too. I did read all of Anne Rice’s books!

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