St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral, 1780s-1880s, New Orleans, LA


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1. The current St. Louis Cathedral is only the most recent of a number of buildings to have stood on the main square of New Orleans. Use the various buildings to write a history of Jackson Square.

2. Catholicism in Louisiana has a rich and complex history that ranges far beyond Sunday worship by laity. One of these sites is the Ursuline Convent, also in New Orleans. Use that building to discuss the daily life of a nun in early New Orleans. 

3. Discuss the significance of the placement of the church in the city plan of New Orleans. What other colonial cities had similar arrangements?

4. Use St. Louis Cathedral to discuss the essential differences between the architecture of early American Catholics and Protestants, especially Anglicans.

St. Louis Cathedral