When the French first settled in New Orleans this was the center of the city, originally named Place d’Armes, meaning “weapons square”. The iron fencing, walkways, and Parisian-style landscaping design was modeled after Place des Vosges in Paris by architect Louis H. Pilié. Set in the heart of the French Quarter overlooking the Mississippi River, Jackson Square earned National Landmark status in 1960 and sees over 2 million visitors, tourists and locals alike, each year.
Surrounding the Square are some the oldest and most historic buildings in the United States. Among them are the St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Catholic Church still in operation, Pontalba Buildings, reputed to be the oldest continuously rented apartments in the United States, and the Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803. T The equestrian statue in the center of the square depicts Battle of New Orleans hero and President Andrew Jackson. Located on the eastern side of the square towards the Mississippi River lies the world’s most delicious beignets at Café Du Monde, which has been serving up chicory-blended coffee and these deep-fried pastries since 1862.
This hub of history, architecture, food, museums, street merchants, and so much more, can’t be missed on a visit to New Orleans. Let us show you around this historical square on one of our bike or Segway Tours!