Posted by: danielfee | March 31, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 03-31-2012

Jackson Square - New Orleans, Louisiana

St Louis Cathedral

 

Today is the start of the NCAA Final Four being held in New Orleans, Louisiana. We have been to New Orleans a couple of times, pre- Hurricane Katrina. The “Big Easy” is a great place to visit any time of the year, but the city knows how to let the good times roll (Laissez les bons temps rouler) during big events like Mardi Gras, the Super Bowl or the NCAA Final Four. 

Jackson Square, also known as Place d’ Armes, is a historic park in the heart of the French Quarter. It was designed after the famous 17th-century place des Vosges (see travel photo of the day 10-04-2011) in Paris, France. After the Battle of New Orleans, in 1815, the Place d’ Armes was renamed Jackson Square after the victorious general Andrew Jackson, who later became President of the United States in 1828. In the center of the park stands an equestrian statue of Jackson erected in 1856. On the north side of Jackson Square is the St. Louis Cathedral. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The cathedral was expanded and largely rebuilt in 1850, with little of the 1789 structure remaining. After taking in the historic sights of the French Quarter, it is a short stumble over to Bourbon Street to take in the big event if you don’t happen to have a ticket.

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  1. Nice picture – I’m a big fan of New Orleans and get to go there every now and then (my son is a sophomore at Tulane). Thanks for sharing.


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