Dating from 1718, the French Quarter, or Vieux Carré (Old Square), is the oldest section of New Orleans, with architecture reflecting primarily Spanish and French influences. At its heart is Jackson Square. Here, facing the Mississippi, street performers and sidewalk artists entertain visitors and locals, some of whom live in the historic apartment buildings on either side.
In the center of it all is the St. Louis Cathedral, one of the country’s oldest churches. It’s fronted by a statue of Andrew Jackson, victor in the Battle of New Orleans, and flanked by the Cabildo, once the seat of the Spanish government, and the Presbytere, designed as a residence for Capuchin monks but used instead for commercial purposes. The two buildings are part of the Louisiana State Museum.
Nearby streets include Royal, pedestrian-only by day and famous for its antiques shops, and Bourbon, pedestrian-only by night and legendary for its bars and clubs. That said, the entire grid of streets surrounding Jackson Square buzzes with shoppers and bar-hoppers. So does the French Market, just along Decatur, with its crafts and produce stands, shops, and restaurants.
Bounded by Chartres, St. Ann, Decatur, and St. Peter Sts.
- New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
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