Tuesday, April 8, 2014

road trip recap: St. Louis Cemetery (New Orleans, Louisiana)

The reputation of the cemeteries in New Orleans for being aesthetically kick-ass was something I was aware of before my trip. However, no matter how much I researched and how many photos I looked at online prior to my visit, I was definitely not prepared for how insanely awesome the cemeteries would appear in person. The atmosphere is something that's hard for me to put into words. Of course the traditional adjectives associated with graveyards and cemeteries come to mind: spooky, creepy, eerie, ect. And the overcast skies definitely added to the gloomy scene. But there was so much more than how it looked! There was definitely an almost tangible energy in the air - as if someone was holding their breath, waiting to whisper the stories and secrets of the dead into my ear. Gah, I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. For someone who loves cemeteries and spends a fair amount of time exploring them, the ones I wandered into in New Orleans were the most beautiful I had ever seen (until I visited Savannah, Georgia, but that's a post for another time...).

These photos were taken in the St. Louis Cemetery. There are three parts of the St. Louis Cemetery, but unfortunately I wasn't aware exactly which one I stumbled upon. I could have spent hours examining each and every marker, but sadly didn't have the time. Planning on visiting New Orleans? Definitely make sure you visit! Hopefully I'll have more photos coming from the Lafayette Cemetery, but unfortunately somehow the file folder those pics are saved in became corrupted and my computer keeps crashing every time I try to open it. Major bummer (that cemetery looked so much cooler than this one...and clearly that's saying a lot!).
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23 comments

Abigail ~ said...

i love it. such a neat place, i think i could spend hours there if i went! i've never seen anything quite like the first picture. i've seen one or two of those little grave houses but not a whole row! thats so cool, i thought it was a picture of a road and big gray mansions when i first saw it! so cool!
~Abigail

Sakuranko said...

Oh very amazing pics~
xx

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Jeanne said...

Your pictures are always gorgeous and create a very special atmosphere.
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Jade Wright said...

Wow, I’ve never been to Louisianna.. looks gorgeous. Your photography is breathtaking.

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Couture Carrie said...

Amazing pics, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Johanna said...

I really want to go to New Orleans. So much history. Awesome pics.

Miche said...

These photos are stunning. I've not been to New Orleans, but I really hope to make it there someday soon.
Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

lucinda smith said...

ohmygoodness! lafayette cemetary looks like the quintessential graveyard that's impossible to believe acutally exists! beautiful resting grounds and stunning photos. would love to visit new orleans one day - this spot would definitely be on the list of things to see.

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Anat Koren said...

Breathtaking pics!!!Have a lovely day <3


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J. said...

Gorgeous and crusty, I love it!
New Orleans just has so much spook to it, no matter where you go.

J. said...

Gorgeous and crusty, I love it!
New Orleans just has so much spook to it, no matter where you go.

Susannah said...

That cemetery is so sad and beautiful - all rolled into one!

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Your photo's are amazing. The cemetery looks very different from the ones over here.

Kati said...

This place is haunting and beautiful at the same time...

Best,
-Kati

Keys of Anouk said...

Wow, amazing pictures! I've never been to New Orleans, but I really hope to visit there someday.. xo

Carolina Krews said...

Amazing photos! ;)

Launna said...

I have seen a lot of this scenery in big movies that filmed in New Orleans...

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Anna said...

I've seen this cemetery in so many movies, how amazing that you could go there and see it!


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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Your photos are amazingly atmospheric! This cemetery looks like a must visit!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Laura said...

these photos are amazing! and that looks like the best cemetery there is, i just love visiting cemeteries so much! x

Sam said...

Okay, I watch way too many episodes of The Originals and I think one of the episodes was based in this cemetery, eerily interesting. Your photos are amazing. I am thankful for your comment, Happy Friday!

Sarah said...

I just finished American Horror Story Season 3 and these pictures are giving me serious goosebumps!

"Aesthetically kick-ass" for sure!

Anja said...

Great pictures! That cemetery looks so interesting.

I would love to visit New Orleans, but being mainly in Asia for the time being it will have to wait:-(.
I will have to settle with watching all seasons of Treme for now;-).

If you like cemeteries, then hopefully one day you will be able to visit Recoleta in Buenos Aires and the immense and impressive cemetery of Milan, Italy. Spectacular!

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