on February 19, 2005
Jackson Square is the center of the "vieux carre", or old city. This parklike area is centered by a statue of Andrew Jackson, which reads "The Union must be preserved." In the background sits St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest church in New Orleans. It may be toured for free. Next door is the Cabildo, which was once the French capital of the Louisiana territory. It is now a property of the Louisiana State Museum, and an admission fee is charged. Many musicians, artists, and various other entertainers and vendors surround Jackson Square. All carriage rides and many of the nightly ghost tours also begin here.
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