• The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (St. Louis Cathedral)

    The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States.

    Fun Facts

    • Situated in the French Quarters of New Orleans, this cathedral was built in 1718 when New Orleans belonged to France.

      Basilica Of St Louis France

    • It was named for Louis IX of France.
    • The original church burned in the Great Fire of 1788 and was rebuilt by the Spanish (who had gained control of the city) the following year.
    • The cathedral was renovated and rebuilt again in 1850. Today, little of the original building from 1789 remains.
    • The cathedral looks like a beautiful, fairytale castle.
    • A bombing incident in 1909 blew out the windows of the building.
    • Hurricane Katrina caused considerable damage to the church, tearing out two oak trees, damaging a sculpture of Christ, and tearing a hole in the roof, allowing water to reach the organ underneath.
    • Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is buried in the cathedral’s cemetery. Thousands of people visit her grave every year.
    • Nicolas Cage purchased a burial plot here.



    1. Cathedral: a large church (often Catholic)
    2. Voodoo: a spiritual practice with African roots


    Questions and Answers

    Question: Can people visit the cathedral today?

    Answer: Yes, the church still offers worship services and conducts funerals and weddings.


    Learn More

    See pictures of this beautiful church.


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