Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Orleans - The Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral is the dominant feature on Jackson Square, the original center of New Orleans. I am not very religious but I do enjoy photographing churches. This one faces the square and is flanked by buildings that are now museums. The cathedral is an impressive structure with visually interesting architectural features.

The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France (its full name) is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States. Churches on this site date back to 1727. The original church was destroyed in a fire in 1788, a new building was completed in 1794 and extensive additions were built in the mid 1800s.

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