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The Presbytere

Tucked in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, The Presbytère stands as a prominent symbol of the city’s history and culture. Built in 1791, this classical building was originally constructed to serve as the residence for the Capuchin priests who lived at Saint Louis Cathedral. Today, it is open to visitors from all over the world who want to explore its many stories and artifacts.

The two floors of The Presbytère are filled with historic exhibits that document Louisiana's long-standing history. From Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo artifacts to folk art and interactive exhibit spaces, there is something for everyone here! Additionally, each room is decked out with colorful patterns and elaborate decorations that bring the lively spirit of New Orleans to life.

Aside from its exhibitions, The Presbytère also hosts a wide range of events throughout the year like lectures, workshops, film screenings, concerts, and more—making it an ideal place for locals and tourists alike to gather and celebrate Louisiana’s unique culture.

Whether you're looking to take a leisurely stroll through its galleries or are simply seeking a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city’s downtown area—The Presbytère offers something special for each visitor. Stop by today to learn more about why New Orleans is one-of-a-kind.

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