Friends of the Cabildo
These excellent walking tours are led by knowledgeable (and often funny) docents who will give you a great primer on the history of the...
St Louis Cathedral
One of the best examples of French architecture in the country, this triple-spired cathedral is dedicated to Louis IX, the French king...
Louisiana State Museum
This institution operates several institutions across the state. The standouts here include the 1911 Cabildo , on the left of the...
Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
Going strong since 1916, Le Petit Théâtre is one of the oldest theater groups in the country. In its Jackson Sq home the troupe offers...
While sandwiches and other lunch-y things are available at Stanley, we're all about the breakfast. Banana French toast and fluffy...
Decatur & St Peter Sts · interesting places nearby
Jackson Square information
Sprinkled with lazing loungers, surrounded by sketch artists, fortune-tellers and traveling performers, and watched over by cathedrals, offices and shops plucked from a Parisian fantasy, Jackson Sq is one of America’s great town greens and the heart of the Quarter. The identical, block-long Pontalba Buildings overlook the scene, and the nearly identical Cabildo and Presbytère structures flank the impressive St Louis Cathedral, which fronts the square. In the middle of the park stands the Jackson monument – Clark Mills’ bronze equestrian statue of the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson, which was unveiled in 1856.
The inscription on the Jackson statue, ‘The Union Must and Shall be Preserved, ’ was added by General Benjamin Butler, Union military governor of New Orleans during the Civil War, who basically wanted to rub it into the occupied city’s face (it worked). Free music is performed here, or near here, on a fairly regular basis.