Religious, Spiritual sights in Louisiana
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An unfounded fear of yellow-fever contagion led the city to forbid funerals for fever victims at the St Louis Cathedral. Built in 1826 near St Louis Cemetery No 1, the Mortuary Chapel offered hasty services for victims, as its bell tolled constantly during epidemics. In 1931 it was renamed Our Lady of Guadeloupe Church. Inside the chapel is a statue of St Jude, patron saint of impossible cases, and a curious statue of St Expedite, a saint who may have never existed (legend says his name comes from a box of saint statues being stamped with the order ‘Expedite’).