Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Strange as it may sound, I was most excited about visiting a New Orleans cemetery on my recent trip. It was the first thing we did, in fact. It was a cool, sporadically rainy day, the perfect weather for a haunting cemetery walk. I marveled at the beauty, size and age of the graves. I wondered about the people inside them. I have never seen anything like it. See for yourself:

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans
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Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

The materials used were an indicator of the person’s wealth. Some were made of brick, while others were marble. Some stood firm and tall; others were leaning over. Some were being restores and others looked like they hadn’t been touched in decades. If these tombs could talk, I wondered about the tales they would tell. Entire family rest together in elaborate tombs. But to be honest, I found the crumbling brick graves to be most beautiful.

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Have you been to a New Orleans cemetery? Did you love it as much as I did?