St. Louis Cathedral, maybe the most recognized image of New Orleans faces the Mississippi River from behind Jackson Square. In the foreground, in the middle of Jackson Square General Andrew Jackson forever rides his stallion, recalling the Battle of New Orleans where a rag tag assembly of troops defeated about 12,000 British soldiers on the battle field of Chalmette.
St. Louis Cathedral which is actually a Basilica, was established as a parish in 1720 and since that time three churches have stood on this spot giving it the distinction of the oldest Cathedral in the United States.
The Cathedral was designated as a Cathedral Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1997, shortly before his history-making visit to the United States in October of 1999. Be sure to read it's rich history here
It looms large in the night spreading its glow around the city. On the frequent misty nights it's a romantic glow that permeates the air. Whence comes this "night piercing armour?"
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