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New Orleans Cemeteries

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Why are cemeteries in New Orleans referred to as “cities of the dead?”

Unlike the majority of burial sites in the rest of the country, we traditionally bury the dead above ground here! Contrary to popular belief though, this is owing to the French and Spanish customs of the original Catholic colony and not just because of the high water table. Fortunately for us, the sprawling nature of these graveyards, scattered with tombs and monuments of varying sizes, makes for a stunning architectural landscape. 

Both fascinating and unnerving, see for yourself as Eric J. Brock takes you on a visual tour of some of the most notable burial sites, weaving the compelling story of the city and its former inhabitants through over 200 photographs of these grand mausoleums and sculptures.