Friday, November 30, 2007

Holy ground

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

--steve buser

Lagniappe


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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9 comments:

Gwen said...

Steve--thanks so much for posting a photograph of St. Louis Cathedral for me! I looked at the previous post and read it was first built 1927-quite impressive. In this photograph , the combination of Jackson Square and the statue of General Andrew Jackson with the cathedral really adds depth and perspective. And your background information is comprehensive, so that there is a good historical outline. This is much appreciated. :)Thanks again!!

Annie said...

I wanted to come by to tell you that yesterday I watched a 1947 movie, New Orleans, about the birth of jazz. With lots of greats, including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, it is well worth the rental. You'll be singing for hours after you watch it.

Kerri said...

Wow - great shot! Reminds me a bit of Cinderella's castle :)

Jerry in Tampa said...

Love the photos - very informative and creative blog! Great work Steve!

Cheers!

Jerry in Tampa

Red Ink said...

Thanks for the photos and the history. very interesting and I love the shots too.

BTW, what does Lagniappe mean ?

Wanda said...

How beautiful...the contrast of church and statue! Very nice!

GMG said...

Loved to see it again! I've a lousy one from 1982 at http://blogtrotta80s.blogspot.com/search/label/New%20Orleans...

FĂ©nix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Absolutely beautiful, both the cathedral and your photo!

Ann (MobayDP) said...

That's a great shot! Beautiful cathedral.