A Visit to St. Louis Cemetery #3
3421 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Hours: Monday thru Saturday: 8am – 4:30pm; Sunday: 8am – 4pm
Free street parking
New Orleans has many nicknames: Crescent City; the Big Easy; and America’s Most Interesting City. Perhaps so interesting that their cemeteries even have a nickname: Cities of the Dead.
As most people know, cemeteries in New Orleans are built above ground, using vaults, walls, and mausoleums, because of the city’s tendency to flood. Centuries ago, residents learned the hard way that in-ground burial wouldn’t work. Bodies or coffins would rise to the surface anytime an area flooded. In New Orleans, the water table is extremely high; often, when a hole is dug deep enough and large enough to hold a coffin, it will fill up with water rather quickly, causing the coffin to float.