Learn about the supernatural side of New Orleans, including the city's most famous voodoo queen, on this walking tour that takes you to the French Quarter and the St Louis Cemetery No 1. Discover the architecture of the French Quarter and visit the grave of Marie Laveau, the powerful priestess who practiced the religion in and around the quarter in the 1800s. New Orleans' history and culture is ever-present in the colorful homes, above-ground tombs, and voodoo legends that you discover on this mesmerizing tour.
Meet your guide at the corner of Royal and Conti Streets in the French Quarter to start your voodoo and cemetery walking tour of New Orleans. As you stroll through the streets of the French Quarter, learn about New Orleans history and the classic architecture around the city.
Walk by shotgun homes ' one of the most popular styles of Southern homes in the early 1860s ' as well as Creole townhouses. Peek in several courtyards as your guide shares history about how they were used. Along the way, hear more about the city's legendary voodoo practitioners such as Marie Laveau. Many New Orleans residents believe in the religion, and various ancient traditions and rituals are still observed. You'll pass by one of the small shops that sell herbs, candles, oils and amulets used for voodoo rites.
From there, make your way to St Louis Cemetery No 1, where you can see Marie Laveau's burial site and above-ground tombs. Your guide shares why above-ground burials are common in New Orleans as you meander through the labyrinth of graves to find Marie Laveau's tomb. People come from all over the world to leave offerings, pay their respects, pray, and perform rituals around her decorated grave.
Once you leave the cemetery, head to the old train station, which is now a visitor center, to take a quick break before going to Louis Armstrong Park (formerly Congo Square). Your guide shares stories of large gatherings that took place here in the 1800s, including voodoo rituals.
After, walk back to the French Quarter to end your tour.
Please note: Expect to walk at a leisurely pace and cover about one mile during your 2-hour tour. Comfortable walking shoes and water bottles are recommended.
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