Historically interesting places
French Quarter in New Orleans
The French Quarter in the city of New Orleans dates back to the French and
Spanish times of the city. The numerous old houses from the Creole period,
including the Beauregard-Keyes House (an old cottage) built in 1826, the Old
Ursuline Convent from 1752 and the Bourbon Orleans Hotel with its famous
Quadroon Ballroom impress with their construction. There are also various
museums such as the Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum (exhibition of old carnival
costumes) and the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum (exhibition on voodoo magic
and its background). Other highlights include Jackson Square with the statue of
General Andrew Jackson and St. Louis Cathedral.
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The city of Natchitoches in northeastern Louisiana was founded in 1714, making
it the oldest fully populated European office in Louisiana. Today about 18,000
people live in Natchitoches and here you can still smell the scent of the past.
For example, Front Street is still a cobblestone street. The city is also a good
starting point for tours to the Cane River National Heritage Area. Almost 1
million visitors come to the city every year to admire the historic buildings or
to take part in the many festivals.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is located in southwest
Louisiana and was established in 1907. Today, the Jean Lafitte National
Historical Park and Preserve covers an area of approximately km². The park
thus protects a large part of the Mississippidelta. The park is divided into 6
parts which are located in different locations and which all show different
aspects of different cultures and nature. 3 parts of the park are dedicated to
cajun culture. These are the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette, the Prairie
Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in
Thibodaux. The Barataria Preserve in Marrero is dedicated to the cultural
history and nature of the region. In Chalmette, visitors will find everything
worth knowing about the Battle of New Orleans from 1815.
Port Hudson State Historic Site at
The Port Hudson State Historic Site north of the city of Baton Rouge
commemorates the longest siege in US history. This place was under siege during
the American Civil War from May 23, 1863 to July 9, 1863. Today visitors can
find a museum as well as other exhibits such as artillery pieces and
reenactments of the siege. Hiking trails also connect the different areas of the
Port Hudson State Historic Site. The Port Hudson State Historic Site was founded
||236 Hwy. 61
Jackson, Louisiana 70748
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in the Tremé district is located
near the French Quarter and was established in 1994 and now covers an area of
approximately 16,000 m². The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is
dedicated to the history of jazz and includes places where jazz was a defining
factor. The main attraction is Perseverance Hall No. 4, a Masonic lodge built
from 1819 to 1820. This makes Perseverance Hall No. 4 the oldest Masonic lodge
||916 N. Peters Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Fort Pike State Historic Site in
The Fort Pike State Historic Site in the city of New Orleans includes historic
Fort Pike from the 19th century. The fort was built in 1818 to ward off an
invasion by the British. Fort Pike was fought over in the American Civil War.
Fort Pike was decommissioned in 1890 and the Fort Pike State Historic Site was
established in 1972. Due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the fort or its citadel
was destroyed but reopened in 2008 and has undergone extensive restoration since
||27100 Chef Menteur Highway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70129
Mansfield State Historic Site
The Mansfield State Historic Site is dedicated to the Battle of Mansfield in
1864. The memorial is located south of the city of Mansfield and commemorates
the battle in which the Confederate forces managed to stop the advance of Union
forces and the advance to Texas to stop. Visitors can see old war equipment and
demonstrations with it. There are also self-explanatory hiking trails. A
highlight is certainly the sculpture "Spirit of the Confederacy".
||15149 Highway 175
Mansfield, Louisiana 71052
Rebel State Historic Site at Marthaville
The Rebel State Historic Site near the town of Marthaville is dedicated to the
culture and history of northern Louisiana. The Rebel State Historic Site used to
be a memorial to the "Unknown Confederate Soldier". Nowadays, visitors can still
find an amphitheater and the associated musical performances here. In total, the
Rebel State Historic Site covers an area of approximately 190,000 m². In the
museum of the Rebel State Historic Site there are other exhibits such as the
Fidel by Roy Acuff. and a t-shirt that Hank Williams Jr. wore.
||1260 Hwy. 1221
Marthaville, Louisiana 71450
Special buildings and structures
Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge
The Louisiana State Capitol in the city of Baton Rouge is the state building of
the state of Louisiana. The 34-story Louisiana State Capitol was built from 1930
to 1932. With a total height of 137 m, it is the tallest state capitol in the
entire United States and until 1964 the Louisiana state capitol was the tallest
building in Louisiana. The entrance area is first reached via 13 steps that
symbolize the 13 colonies and after a paragraph via another 48 steps that
symbolize the remaining states. In its skyscraper construction in the Art Deco
style, the Louisiana State Capitol is one of the few State Capitols that has no
dome or rotunda.
||900 North 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans
The Louisiana Superdome, often referred to as the Superdome or The Dome, is one
of the largest sports arenas in the world. The Superdome is located in the
Central Business District of New Orleans and has 27 floors. The Superdome, built
from 1971 to 1975, can accommodate up to 90,000 spectators. This is the home of
the New Orleans Saints (football), but in addition to football games there are
concerts here. 7 Super Bowl finals have already taken place in the Superdome.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Superdome served as an emergency shelter
for storm victims. In the peak there were up to 35,000 people in need.
||1500 Sugar Bowl Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Gaul Hall in New Orleans
The Gaul Hall in the city of New Orleans is the New Orleans City Hall. The
building was built from 1845 to 1853 in neoclassical style. The building is
largely made of marble. Today, the Ty Tracy Theater is home to Gallier Hall. The
Gallier Hall is particularly popular during Mardi Gras.
||545 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Old Louisiana State Capitol in
The Old Louisiana State Capitol in the city of Baton Rouge was the seat of the
Louisiana Parliament from the mid-19th century to 1929. Because of its
construction and appearance, it is also known as Louisiana Castle. The
architectural style of the building, which really resembles a medieval castle,
can be attributed to the Gothic Revival. Nowadays, the Museum of Political
History is located in the Old Louisiana State Capitol and informs visitors about
the political development in Louisiana. The glass dome of the Old Louisiana
State Capitol is also very worth seeing.
||100 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801
Sabine Pass Light
The Sabine Pass Light is a historic lighthouse that went into operation in 1857
and was in operation for 95 years until 1952. The Sabine Pass Light is located
in the far southwest of Louisiana, on the Texas border. The lighthouse has a
height of approx. 26 m and is a visual highlight of the region due to its
special shape and black and white coloring. The lighthouse is not round as you
might guess, but has an octagonal shape.
One Shell Square in New Orleans
The One Shell Square skyscraper in the city of New Orleans with a height of
approx. 212 m is the tallest building in New Orleans and in the state of
Louisiana. One Shell Square has 51 floors on which commercial space can be
rented. The largest customer is the Shell oil company. The skyscraper was
completed in 1972. The facade of One Shell Square is made of limestone and
bronze glass and has a modern skyscraper look. One Shell Square was only
slightly damaged by Hurricane Katrina and only a few windows were broken.
||701 Poydras St # 3870
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139