Perhaps the most famous historic site in the area, although comparatively little known to visitors. This cemetery is a fascinating visit. It has above-ground crypts that rival many of New Orleans' more famous cemeteries, along with artistic stations of the cross. The old cemetery chapel and shrine of cures, however, are what makes the cemetery a must-see for lovers of the off-beat and quirky side of New Orleans. The central chapel was founded by one Father Thevis in 1876, following a yellow fever epidemic in the city. As history has it, his congregants prayed to Saint Roch starting in 1868, who famously aided the sick during the Black Plague, and none of them fell ill. The chapel and surrounding cemetery were built to honor the saint, as a means of thanks. Look inside the chapel (which houses Father Thevis' remains under the altar) for 'cures' left by New Orleanians '” charms left here to ward off various ailments or bring luck. Rumors of voodoo ceremonies within the chapel persist! As it is a New Orleans cemetery, safety is a concern, and you should come only in a group.
1725 Saint Roch Avenue, New Orleans, LA, United States
St Roch Cemeteries and Nearby Attractions on Map
Jackson Square(2.3 km)
Named in honor of Battle of New Orleans commander and 7th US President Andrew Jackson, the Jackson Square on the Mississippi River bank is the heart of the city's French Quarter.
St. Charles Streetcar(3.3 km)
Lower Decatur Street(2 km)
Right around the corner from the historic US Mint, and the French Market.
Vaughan's Lounge(2.3 km)
Bywater's most famous music venue.
St Roch Market(0.7 km)
The St Roch Market at St.
Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts(2.3 km)
This is one of the largest performance venues in the city, and is frequently used by the Louisiana Symphony Orchestra and for large scale dance performances and musicals.
Old French Market(2 km)
While souvenirs for visitors have taken over a good bit of the space at this 250+ year old market, there are still vendors selling fresh produce as in days of old.
Preservation Hall(2.3 km)
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