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Jackson Square
New Orleans, Louisiana


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St Peter Street and the Upper Pontalba Building

St Peter Street and the Upper Pontalba Building

After the bustle of the main streets, this pedestrian-only block of St Peter Street offers welcome quiet. The Pontalba Buildings, one on either side of Jackson Square, were built in the 1840's by Baroness Pontalba. The Upper and Lower designations refer to the flow of the nearby river.

St Peter Street at Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 12, 2015
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Jackson Square in the afternoon

Jackson Square in the afternoon

On a sunny afternoon out of tourist season, Jackson Square can be calm and beautiful. In the various tourist seasons (Mardis Gras and summer) it is quite different.

Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 12, 2015
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Saturday in Jackson Square

Saturday in Jackson Square

On weekends Jackson Square can be a busy place, even off-season. Artists and fortune tellers try to attract the attention of tourists wandering past.

Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 14, 2015
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Tarot, palm readers, and voodoo in Jackson Square

Tarot, palm readers, and voodoo in Jackson Square

Musicians, jugglers, fortune tellers, and artists add to the colorful scene in Jackson Square on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 14, 2015
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Lower Pontalba Building on St Ann Street

Lower Pontalba Building on St Ann Street

The elegant red brick Pontalba Buildings were built on both sides of Jackson Square. Flanking the cathedral is the Presbytere, now housing the Louisiana State Museum.

Chartres and St Ann Streets at the corner of Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 12, 2015
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Jackson Square

Jackson Square

Considered by some to be the finest urban space in the country, Jackson Square features the St Louis Cathedral flanked by the Cabildo and the Presbytere. The landscaping is lush and tropical, as befits this very Southern city. Streets on three sides are closed to motorized traffic.

Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 12, 2015
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Equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square

Equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square

Originally Place d'Armes, Jackson Square was renamed for General Andrew Jackson - he trounced British forces at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, not knowing that the War of 1812 was over, and later became president. The bold statue, with two of the horse's hooves off the ground, was installed in 1856.

Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 12, 2015
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View across Decatur Street to Jackson Square

View across Decatur Street to Jackson Square

An elevated viewpoint, actually part of the river levee system, affords a fine view of Jackson Square. This block of Decatur Street is where you go to to get a mule-drawn carriage tour.

Decatur Street at Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 12, 2015
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Washington Artillery Park

Washington Artillery Park

Known mostly for its view of Jackson Square, Washington Artillery Park honors the Washington Battalion, an 1840's militia, and their cannons. An active railroad line still runs between the park and the river front.

Decatur Street at Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 12, 2015
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Café du Monde in New Orleans' French Market

Café du Monde in New Orleans' French Market

One of the true gems of New Orleans, the Café du Monde is located on the corner of Jackson Square next to the French Market. The specialty here is coffee (New Orleans style, with chickory), and beignets (like a square donut without a hole) dusted with powdered sugar. This was one of my favorite places when I lived in New Orleans.

French Market, Decatur at St Ann Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 12, 2015
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