Just in case you hadn’t seen enough images from New Orleans cemeteries in my first post, I’ve visited a couple more since. Earlier this week, it was St. Vincent de Paul cemetery uptown, sort of nestled in the neighbourhood I’m staying in. Peaceful.
Yesterday, I went north of the French Quarter to Armstrong Park (lovely!) and wandered through New Orleans’ oldest cemetery, St. Louis Cemetery #1.
It was quiet and mysterious and fascinating. I didn’t look for crypts of famous people (there are several musicians and a voodoo priest buried there) – instead I just strolled along the rows, taking in the family names, reading the historical plaques. Unlike other cemeteries I’ve walked through, the layout of this one is far from symmetrical. It feels more haphazard in design, with the crypts and graves more layered, forcing you to weave your way around them.
Interestingly, there was a big sign at the entrance notifying tourists that as of March 1, 2015, you wouldn’t be able to wander around the graves and crypts without an officially sanctioned tour guide. I fear there’s been too much damage done to it over the years. A sad commentary on humanity, but I’m pleased that New Orleans is taking steps to preserve the history!