Jackson Square


Jackson Square is the literal heart of the French Quarter. Originally known as the Place d'Armes by French Creoles or the Plaza de Armas by Spanish colonials, the Square was primarily used as a military parade ground. It was also the site of numerous ceremonies, social and religious events, and sometimes even public executions. Later, it was renamed Jackson Square for General Andrew Jackson, who defeated the British during the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. A statue of the military hero sits at the epicenter of the Square. Today, the beautifully restored Square boasts historic museums, shops, and restaurants and a bustling pedestrian mall. Walk past painters, jugglers, jazz musicians, and fortune tellers, then peek inside St. Louis Cathedral (c. 1851) for a look at gorgeous Spanish-made stained glass. Flanking the Cathedral is the Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere, Cabildo, and 1850 House, with various exhibits on New Orleans history. Literature buffs should walk around the corner of the Cathedral to 624 Pirate's Alley: This is the site where William Faulkner wrote his first novel, A Soldier's Pay, and is currently home of the William Faulkner Bookstore.


Bordered by Charters, St. Ann, Decatur, and St. Peter sts
Jackson Square Visitors Bureau
New Orleans, LA 70116


29.95794500, -90.06266000
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(504) 410-2396

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