“The oldest neighborhood in New Orleans”
The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. After New Orleans (La Nouvelle-Orléans in French) was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city developed around the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in English), a central square. The district is more commonly called the French Quarter today, or simply "The Quarter," related to changes in the city with American immigration after the Louisiana Purchase. Most of the extant historic buildings were constructed either in the late 18th century, during the city's period of Spanish rule, or were built during the first half of the 19th century, after U.S. annexation and statehood.The district as a whole has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, with numerous contributing buildings that are separately deemed significant. It is a prime tourist destination in the city, as well as attracting local residents. Because of its distance from areas where the levee was breached during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as the strength and height of the nearest Mississippi River Levees in contrast to other levees along the canals and lakefront, it suffered relatively light damage from floodwater as compared to other areas of the city and the greater region.GeographyThe French Quarter is located at and has an elevation of 1ft. According to the United States Census Bureau, the district has a total area of 0.66sqmi. 0.49sqmi of which is land and 0.17sqmi (25.76%) of which is water.BoundariesThe most common definition of the French Quarter includes all the land stretching along the Mississippi River from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue (13 blocks) and inland to North Rampart Street (seven to nine blocks). It equals an area of 78 square blocks. Some definitions, such as city zoning laws, exclude the properties facing Canal Street, which had already been redeveloped by the time architectural preservation was considered, and the section between Decatur Street and the river, much of which had long served industrial and warehousing functions.
So many buildings to look at! You can't visit New Orleans without walking through the quarter.
The quarter is so beautiful it's worth slogging through the crowds to visit. There's so much to see, do (and eat), and there's a real feeling of being transported back in time thanks to the insanely well preserved buildings. Grab a drink, take a tour, or wander the streets and explore!
A wild place at night! Be prepared for a sea of provocatively dressed shot girls, belligerently drunken tourists and equally intoxicated locals. So much fun! We went after the Saints played a night game, and the Superdome basically emptied out onto Bourbon Street.
During the day the French Quarter has some of the most unique architecture in the United States. It seriously feels like walking through a French tropical colony in the 17th or 18th century. I love New Orleans so much, I must have lived here in a past life!
We stayed down town at the Omni.. Ate breakfast at Brennan's
Walked Bourbon Street, and the area tried to experience all they could in a couple days!!! Loved it!!!
Loved New Orleans! Beautiful city with much to offer. The people we encountered were all very friendly. I think Bourbon Street is a one time thing though. No need to do that again. Something to experience for sure though.
I have not been to a place so full of culture. It was an experience that is unforgettable. You must go to the French Quarter.
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