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Saint Louis Cathedral - Cathedral Basilica of St. Luis King of France
615 Pere Antoine Alley
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116-3291
Voice: 504-525-9585
Fax: 504-525-9583

This fantastic piece of American history has stood it's ground for over 250 years, beating back mother nature's worst storms. It is truly one of the worlds most valuable treasures from its creation by French Engineer, Adrien De Pauger in 1720.

When Adrien De Pauger died on June 21, 1726 his will requested that he be laid to rest in the church. Since the building was still under way no one knows for sure if his wishes were carried out.

March 21, 1788 a single candle started a fire that quickly spread though the church and surrounding homes. As the fire spread the priests tried to save as much of the records as they could. Sending them with a tobacco director to take to his home, but it too saw the blaze and all of the records were lost.

The aftermath laid the church in ruins. It sat for nearly a year when a wealthy gift allowed the church to be cleared and rebuilt. The project began in the early part of 1789 and was finished in December 1794.

Today the church triple towers stands like a beacon in the sky as it looks down on Jackson Square. When you visit New Orleans you should take the time and visit this historic church.

   


Pictures and information of Cathedral-Basilica of St. Luis King of France were provided by the New Orleans Visitors & Convention Beau

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