St. Louis Cathedral
The St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans’ most notable landmarks. This venerable building, its triple steeples towering above its historic neighbors, the Cabildo and the Presbytere – looks down benignly on the green of the Square and General Andrew Jackson on his bronze horse and on the block-long Pontalba Buildings with their lacy ironwork galleries. Truly, this is the heart of old New Orleans.
St. Louis Cathedral has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the United States. Since 1727 New Orleanians have worshipped in churches on this site. The church was rebuilt many times and it wasn’t until 1793 that St. Louis was raised to Cathedral status. The cathedral was expanded and largely rebuilt in 1850, with little of the 1789 structure remaining. While parts of it have been rebuilt due to damage from storms and a dynamite bomb set off in 1909, the structure retains much of its original architecture.
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