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Cities of the Dead
St. Louis Street and Basin Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Voice: 504-566-5011

New Orleans call them Cities of the Dead for the reason, they could not place the coffins below ground and were forced to build crypts and tombs to hold their loved ones following the Spanish custom of using vaults.

The walls of the cemeteries are made up of economical vaults so the dead can be stacked on top of each other. The families that had the means to afford larger ornate tombs with crypts began to make them look like houses with fences around them. This quickly make the cemeteries look like cities and that is how they became to be known as the cities of the dead.

The family Tombs can hold as many members as the crypt can hold. When a person passes away they place them in the front of the tomb and the last one to pass away as long as it has been two years they are placed in a burial bag and placed at the rear of the crypt. The coffin is then destroyed and the newly deceased is laid to rest in it's place. If the two year time table is not met before a loved one is lost they place them in a temporary place of rest until they are able to put them with the rest of the family members.

The older of the New Orleans cemeteries that bring many people to visit are called St. Louis #1, 2, and 3 they are located near the French Quarter. They twist through the cemeteries with tombs sticking out making these cemeteries quite eerie. Many pirates, politicians and voodoo queens are laid to rest in all three of these cities of the dead.

Still to this day some practice the art of Voodoo at the grave of Marie Laveau, the notorious Voodoo Queen. You will see proof of the art for yourself as you walk through the Cities of the Dead and see. Flowers, Votive Candles and hodo money left to gain a favor from the departed.

The Cities of the Dead are a big tourist attraction. As you check out the dead thiefs are checking you out and plotting to mug you. So it is best to take a guided tour so you don't become one of the victims yourself.



Pictures and information of City of the Dead Cemetery were provided by the New Orleans Visitors & Convention Beau

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