Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Saint Louis No 1

Saint Louis No 1 Cemetery was the first cemetery in New Orleans, founded in 1789 outside of the city walls. It is located at 425 Basin Street New Orleans, Louisiana. It was an unplanned cemetery, meaning that it was not in straight lines like the rest of the cemeteries. It had diagonal 'streets' as you can see in the very last image. The top image is said to be the tomb of the famous queen of voodoo Marie Laveau and her daughter. People draw three X's and then knock three times to make a wish, however, there are many different versions of this ritual for other various reasons as well. The pyramid is actually Nicolas Cage's tomb he had built for himself. The only real visitors I ever encountered while photographing any of the cemeteries was the cats.

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