The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States.
- Situated in the French Quarters of New Orleans, this cathedral was built in 1718 when New Orleans belonged to 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.
- Cathedral: a large church (often Catholic)
- 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.
See pictures of this beautiful church.
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