New Orleans

The French Quarter, A Neighborhood Rich In History And Architecture

The sunset hits the high walls of buildings along Bourbon Street. Birds are perched on power lines near the St. Louis Cathedral, maybe to remind everyone that dusk is near. The French Quarter is a historic center that comes to life during the night, with entertainment drawing hordes of people into the street.

In this famous neighborhood, you will find the old world mixing with the new. When night finally falls and the moon appears, the streets come alive with entertainment and the magnificent lighting. The glimmering of lights, loud music and restless barmaids; all here to remind you of a neighborhood full of untold history and legends.

Where to find the French Quarter

The oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans is surrounded by Rampant Street to the west, Canal Street to the south, Esplanade Avenue to the north, and the Mississippi River to the east. This historic landmark is estimated to be about 85 square blocks and is just a subdivision of the Central Business District. At the heart of the Quarter is Jackson Square. This vast square is flanked by the Pontalba buildings on all sides and beautifully sitting on its top is the St. Louis Cathedral.

Historical Background

The unique city architecture dates back to the 18th century when Spanish rule was dominant in the area. This Spanish style architecture was introduced after the Great Orleans Fire which destroyed almost all of the older French buildings. After the 1788 fire, the new colony chiefs decided to overhaul the city’s structures to include more modern and safety amenities. The result of this overhaul were intricate walls and roofs, and ironwork balconies and galleries. To prevent future fires, the new structures were built adjacent to one another. These buildings continue to attract thousands of tourists each year from around the globe.

Jackson Square

Named after Andrew Jackson the leader of the American forces in the Battle of New Orleans, this square is a public gated park situated in front of the French Quarter. The park was originally used as a military site and an execution center. Later on, the city decided to erect a statue of Andrew Jackson in the center after converting the space into a park. The famous Jackson Square is a popular gathering place for painters, cartoonists, fortune tellers, and street performers.

Bourbon Street

This area is widely known in New Orleans for the many drinking establishments that line the street. While there are plenty of bars to choose from, consider visiting the more historical spots. Stop by Lafitte’s Blacksmith for a couple pints. This bar is coined the oldest tavern in America. While you’re at it, check out the Napoleon House. In 1821 the previous owner offered shelter to Napoleon while he was in exile. Bourbon Street is a must see while visiting New Orleans.

The French Quarter offers so much to experience, from the beautiful architecture to lively entertainment. Stay for a couple of days or a week you won’t be disappointed!