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    Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King ofFrance

    View of faade across Jackson Square

    Basic informationLocation New Orleans, LouisianaGeographiccoordinates

    29.9580N 90.0638W

    Affiliation Roman CatholicProvince Archdiocese of New OrleansEcclesiastical ororganizationalstatus

    Cathedral, minor basilica

    Leadership Most Rev. Gregory MichaelAymond, Archbishop of NewOrleansMsgr. Crosby W. Kern, Rector

    Architectural descriptionArchitectural style Renaissance and Spanish

    ColonialGroundbreaking 1789Completed 1794


    Church of St. Louis in 1794, the yearbefore it became a cathedral.

    The Cathedral in 1838, showing theappearance before the major rebuilding in1850

    St. Louis Cathedral interior view, 2007

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    The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King ofFrance, also called St. Louis Cathedral (French:Cathdrale Saint-Louis, Roi de France), is the seatof the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of NewOrleans; it has the distinction of being the oldestcontinuously operating cathedral in the (as nowconstituted) United States.[citation needed] The firstchurch on the site was built in 1718; the third, builtin 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. Thecathedral was expanded and largely rebuilt in1850, with little of the 1789 structure remaining.

    Saint Louis Cathedral is in the French Quarter ofNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA, on the Place JohnPaul II (French: Place Jean-Paul II), a promenadedsection of Chartres Street (rue de Chartres) thatstretches one block between St. Peter Street (rueSaint-Pierre) on the upriver boundary and St. AnnStreet (rue Sainte-Anne) on the downriverboundary. It is located next to Jackson Square andfacing the Mississippi River in the heart of NewOrleans, situated between the historic buildings ofthe Cabildo and the Presbytre. It is one of the fewRoman Catholic churches in the United States thatfronts a major public square.[citation needed]

    Contents [hide] 1 History2 Gallery3 See also4 References5 External links


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    churches havestood on the sitesince 1718. Thefirst was a crudewooden structurein the early days ofthe colony.Construction of alarger brick andtimber church was

    begun in 1725 and was completed in 1727. Along withnumerous other buildings, the church was destroyed in theGreat New Orleans Fire (1788) on Good Friday, March 21,1788. The cornerstone of a new church was laid in 1789 andthe building was completed in 1794. In 1793 Saint LouisChurch was elevated to cathedral rank as the See of theDiocese of New Orleans, making it one of the oldestcathedrals in the United States. In 1819 a central tower with the clock and bell was added.

    Enlarging the building to meet the needs of the growingcongregation had been pondered since 1834, and J. N. B. dePouilly was consulted to design plans for a new building. DePouilly also designed St. Augustine Church in Trem, the firstchurch building dedicated as a parish church outside theFrench Quarter. (The Mortuary Chapel on North Rampart hadbeen dedicated in 1827 as a chapel, and St. Vincent de Paulwas established in a little frame church in 1838 but notdedicated.) On March 12, 1849, the diocese contracted withJohn Patrick Kirwan to enlarge and restore the cathedral,using De Pouilly's plans.

    These specified that everything except the lateral walls andthe lower portions of the existing towers on the front facade be demolished. During the reconstruction, itwas determined that the sidewalls would have to be demolished also. Then, during construction in 1850,the central tower collapsed. De Pouilly and Kirwan were replaced.[1] As a consequence, very little of theSpanish Colonial structure survived. The present structure primarily dates to 1850. The bell from the 1819tower was reused in the new building. It remains there today.[2] During the renovation, St. Patrick'sChurch served as the pro-cathedral for the city.

    On April 25, 1909, a dynamite bomb was set off in the Cathedral, blowing out windows and damaginggalleries.[citation needed] The Cathedral suffered damage in the New Orleans Hurricane of 1915. Thefollowing year a portion of the foundation collapsed, necessitating the building's closure while repairswere made, from Easter 1916 to Easter 1917.

    The cathedral was designated as a minor basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1964. Pope John Paul II visited thecathedral in September 1987. Today the parish has over 6000 members.

    The high winds of Hurricane Katrina managed to displace two large oak trees in St. Anthony's Gardenbehind the Cathedral, dislodging 30 feet (9.1 m) of ornamental gate, while the nearby marble statue ofJesus Christ lost a forefinger and a thumb. More seriously, the winds tore a hole in the roof, allowingwater to enter the building and severely damage the Holtkamp pipe organ. Shortly after the storm, theorgan was sent back to Holtkamp to be rebuilt.[citation needed] An electronic substitute was used until June2008, when the organ was reinstalled in the Cathedral. Originally installed during the Cathedral'sextensive renovation in 2004, the organ was donated by longtime choir master and organist Dr. EliseCambon.[citation needed]


    Faade of St. LouisCathedral

    St. Louis Cathedral nearJackson Square in theFrench Quarter

    See alsoOldest churches in the United States

    References1. ^ "Rebuilding The Cathedral" . The Saint Louis Cathedral: Cathedral of Saint Louis King of France, New

    Orleans, Louisiana. Retrieved 2008-10-18.[dead link]

    2. ^ "Early History - Chapter III - Major Events" . The Saint Louis Cathedral: Cathedral of Saint Louis King ofFrance, New Orleans, Louisiana. Retrieved 2008-10-18.[dead link]

    External linksSaint Louis Cathedral websiteJohn Kendall, "St. Louis Cathedral" , Churches, Historyof New Orleans

    Archdiocese of New OrleansCathedral: St. Louis Cathedral Patron Saint: Our Lady of Prompt Succor

    Bishops andarchbishops

    Luis Ignatius Pealver y Crdenas Francisco Porr y Reinado Louis-Guillaume Dubourg Joseph Rosati Leo-Raymond de Neckere Antoine Blanc Jean-Marie Odin Napolon-Joseph Perch Francis Xavier Leray Francis Janssens Placide-Louis Chapelle James Hubert Blenk John William Shaw Joseph Francis Rummel John Patrick Cody Philip Matthew Hannan Francis Bible Schulte Alfred Clifton Hughes Gregory Michael Aymond

    Churches withinOrleans Parish

    All Saints Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Blessed Sacrament Center of Jesus the Lord Corpus Christi Holy Ghost Holy Name of Jesus Church Holy Name of Mary Holy Spirit Immaculate Conception Mary, Queen of Vietnam Mater Dolorosa National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Our Lady of Guadalupe Our Lady of Good Counsel Our Lady of La Vang Our Lady of the Rosary Our Lady Star of the Sea Resurrection of Our Lord St. Andrew the Apostle St. Anthony of Padua St. Augustine Church St. Dominic St. Francis de Sales St. Francis of Assisi St. Gabriel the Archangel St. Henry St. James Major St. Joan of Arc St. Joseph Church (New Orleans) St. Joseph Church (Algiers) St. Julien Eymard St. Leo the Great St. Maria Goretti St. Mary of the Angels St. Mary's Assumption St. Mary's Chapel St. Matthias St. Maurice St. Patrick's St. Paul the Apostle St. Peter Claver St. Pius X St. Rita St. Stephen St. Theresa of Avila St. Thomas the Apostle St. Thomas More Vietnamese Martyrs Chapel


    Higher education Loyola Our Lady of Holy Cross Xavier Notre Dame Seminary Saint Joseph Seminary College

    High schools

    Academy of the Sacred Heart (K-12) Archbishop Blenk High School Archbishop Chapelle High School Archbishop Hannan High School Archbishop Rummel High School Archbishop Shaw High School Brother Martin High School Cabrini High School De La Salle High School Holy Cross High School Holy Rosary High School Immaculata High School Jesuit High School Mount Carmel Academy Pope John Paul II St. Charles Catholic High School St. Augustine High School Saint Mary's Academy St. Mary's Dominican High School St. Paul's School St. Scholastica Academy Ursuline Academy Xavier University Preparatory School

    Newspaper: Clarion Herald Sports league: New Orleans Catholic League

    Categories: Roman Catholic churches in New OrleansRoman Catholic cathedrals in the United States Basilica churches in the United StatesLouisiana building and structure stubs Structures affected by Hurricane KatrinaFrench Colonial architecture Colonial architecture in the United States French QuarterRoman Catholic churches in Louisiana

    Coordinates: 29.9580N 90.0638W

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