on September 10, 2000
This place has a bloody history. Originally known as Place d'Armes, and the site of public executions, it has been transformed into an elegant city park and cultural center. It is a grassy oasis surrounded by many points of interest. The St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the U.S., the two-hundred-year-old Presbytere and the Cabildo, both of which house collections belonging to The Louisiana State Museum. Also on the square are the oldest apartments in the U.S., a pair of handsome, 1850's-era red-brick structures called the Upper and Lower Pontalba buildings. You can tour the 1850 House in the Lower Pontalba with its beautiful depiction of life during New Orleans' heyday, or Belle Époque. The Louisiana Office of Tourism has an office here and is an excellent source for tourist information.
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