The most famous part of New Orleans, the French Quarter is the heart of the city and a National Historic Landmark. ((courtesy, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau))

The French Quarter is the heart of New Orleans. Also known as Vieux Carré—"Old Square" in French—the French Quarter served as the city center when New Orleans was founded nearly 300 years ago. Today, it is a National Historic Landmark with numerous buildings and sites of interest. Jackson Square is at the center of it all and includes St. Louis Cathedral, designated a minor basilica by Pope Paul VI; the Cabildo, the old city hall; the Presbytere, a former courthouse and now a museum; and historic coffeehouse Café du Monde. Bourbon Street is best known for its many bars, including the Old Absinthe House, Pat O'Brien's, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, the Napoleon House, and Johnny White's. Bourbon Street is also the site of the annual Mardi Gras celebration.

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Bordered by Esplanade Avenue, Canal Street, North Rampart and the Mississippi River
New Orleans, Louisiana

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