Jackson Square

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kylebarber on January 17, 2001

Originally known as the Plaza d'Armes, Jackson Square is probably one of the most visited and identifiable attractions of New Orleans. Its open park grounds are flanked by a number of historical builidings and serves as ground zero for both talented street artists and bothersome souvenir hawkers. If you're into people watching or soaking up the flavor and history of the French Quarter, Jackson Square is a good place to begin your visit to the Big Easy.

The Saint Louis Cathedral looms high above Jackson Square, but is perhaps more magnificent from the inside where you can enjoy the attractive stained glass windows. The Presbytere used to serve as a home for the Cathedral's priests. These days it houses the Louisiana State Museum's art collection. The nearby Cabildo is where the Louisiana Purchase was signed, and served as the central government office for many years.

Most everyone's favorite sight in Jackson Square, however, are the numerous artists who compose and then sell their works along the iron fence of the square. Many of them are surprisingly talented, rather than just a notch above your standard quick draw cartoonist. Because folks are continually stopping and checking out the works in progress, it's also a great place to people watch and strike up conversations with friendly strangers.

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana


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