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New Orleans African American Museum of ArtMuseums0.7km
Louisiana Museum of African American HistoryMuseums0.8km
St. Augustine Catholic ChurchReligion0.9km
St Anna's Episcopal ChurchReligion0.9km
Center of Jesus the LordReligion1km
Congo SquareSquares0.9km
Bourbon Street Shopping1km
New Orleans Historic Voodoo MuseumMuseums1km
Marie Laveau's House Of VoodooMuseums1km
Historic Voodoo Museum1km
Ursuline ConventReligion1km
Madame John's LegacyMuseums1km
Reverend Zombie's House Of VoodooMuseums1km
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Tourist information and destination rating

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Pros

breathtaking architecture
nice weather
delicious meals
bustling destination
jazz clubs
distinctive atmosphere
inexpensive
night life and amusement

Cons

uncomfortable summer temperature
chilly in winter
poor or deceitful service
unpleasant humidity
often rain showers

Suitable for

shopping
history
nightlife
cruises
study
active vacation
carnivals
health tourism
romantic vacation

Why to go there?

old&new architecture
skyscrapers

Transportation and means of transport

air
sea
international airport


Information and Facts

GPS: 29.9662, -90.0748
Altitude: 5 m
Population: 300,000
Foundation (year): 1718
Coastline: Gulf of Mexico, 7.4 km
Last update: Oct 22, 2012 7:33:15 AM

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New Orleans is the largest city of the American federal state Louisiana . It is the most important harbor in the USA . It is situated in the south-eastern part of Louisiana on the banks of the Mississippi River.

City of jazz

New Orleans is a city of jazz. It is characterized by its easygoingness, good mood and a liberal way of life. Due to that, it is sometimes called The Big Easy.

A bit of history

New Orleans was founded in 1718. The city was named after the most powerful Frenchman of that time- Philip II, Duke of Orleans and the Regent of France. New Orleans was a French colony until 1763, when the Spaniards gained it. In 1772, the city became the capital of Louisiana. At the end of the 18th century, it was twice damaged by a fire, so the oldest historical monuments date back to the time of the Spanish reign. In 1801, the city was returned back to France . In 1803, New Orleans was sold to the United States. In 1849, it was the third biggest American city and the most important trade center of the USA.

Unique architecture in New Orleans

There are many narrow streets interlaced with wide boulevards in the city's historic center. New Orleans is known for its wide range of unique architectonical styles. The most beautiful quarter is the French Quarter. Among the most interesting buildings are e.g. the original houses called Shotgun houses, Creol townhouses characteristic by big courtyards and balconies with steel railings. On the St. Charles Street, there are the famous Antebellum homes. They are apartement houses of various styles such as the Greek Revival and Colonial style or the Victorian Queen Anne style.

Skyscrapers

In 1960s, the first skyscrapers World Trade Center New Orleans and Plaza Tower were built in the city. The highest building in New Orleans is the One Shell Square, built in 1972.

Other attractions

Among the most sought-after sites in the city are the New Orleans Aquarium, the ZOO, the Louisiana Children´s Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center.

Music festivals

Many famous festivals annually take place in New Orleans. The best known of them are the Mardi Gras Festival, New Orleans Jazz&Heritage Festival known as JazzFest and the Voodoo Music Experience.

Hurricane Katrina

In 2005, the city was heavily damaged by hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods. The protective dams around the city did not manage to keep the swollen Mississippi River within its riverbed. The city is gradually recovering from the catastrophe and is being steadily rebuilt. Many hotels in the city have already been opened.

Cities around

New OrleansHarvey (7km)Harahan (13km)Kenner (16km)Laplace (41km)Slidell (44km)Pearl River (55km)

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