Friday, April 4, 2014


One of our walking tours was St. Louis Cemetery #1. 
It was founded in 1789 and is the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans. 
 The tombs and vaults stand tall above the ground, 
in the French and Spanish tradition due to the low water table in New Orleans. 

Individual families still seem to be burying 
their dead in these family vaults.

Wall vaults were the tombs of the poor and were the lowest in cost to the owners. Due to the climate in NO, decomposition of the remains is rapid.  One year and a day following the burial, the vault could be opened and remains of the buried body would be pushed to the back, falling into a 6-foot deep opening.
Next. . . 

 This tomb belongs to Nicholas Cage.
He isn't dead, but the actor is a part time resident in NO and having financial problems.
Since the IRS is not able to seize burial property; 
he paid the city a quarter of a million dollars 
for his 9 foot tall pyramid shaped tomb.
"Omia Ab Uno" means "Everything from One."
That IS lip stick from ladies kissing his tomb.
 The most famous and probably the most visited tomb belongs to Marie Laveau - The Glapion Family Tomb.
 Marie was married to a free man of color.
During this time period she learned 
the practice of Voodoo.
After the death of her husband, Marie began a life-long relationship with C. Glapion with whom she had fifteen children. She was a successful business woman and her religious services combined elements of Voodoo and Catholicism.
The XXX's indicate favors granted or requested.   

Another soul who practiced VooDoo.

St. Louis Cemetery #1 is a fascinating place and 
has been for over 200 years, 
a resting place for the departed. 


Cranberry Morning said...

Suzan, that was the most interesting post! I would love to visit that cemetery (while alive of course), you gave us a great tour. Thanks so much.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I've seen pictures, but would LOVE to go see it in person. Nice posts.

TexWisGirl said...

i've seen other bloggers post about this cemetery. it never gets 'old' (pun intended). just amazing.

the nick cage thing is a bit weird, though. :)

Gail Dixon said...

I have always wanted to visit this cemetery. Wow. I did not know about the wall vaults and pushing the remains into a hole. Mercy! Also did not know Marie Laveau had 15 children! Mercy x 100! Finally, is Nicholas Cage in his right mind? Half a mill for a grave? No wonder he has financial problems. :/

Really enjoyed this post, Suzzz. I'm so glad you made the most of your visit to this wonderful city!!

Chatty Crone said...

Very interesting how things are different - in different areas isn't it?

Charlotte Wilson said...

I have seen the vaults but never knew the history or the fact that the remains were pushed to the back. Strange practices there and the voodoo with Catholicism? I guess the priests and nuns were not able to get the people from Haiti and other countries to give that up. Pure evil.

eileeninmd said...

I am sure there are lots of stories to be told about this cemetery. It is very famous. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've seen the cemeteries in this town in movies...always amazing to get a glimpse of. Thanks for sharing your photos! Happy weekend my friend!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Wow, as a lover of cemeteries, I am so jealous! Nick Cage has money troubles? Who'd a thunk it!!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the tour! I love visiting old & unique cemeteries & I've never been in one like this!


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