In New Orleans, a city built on a swamp, the dead are enshrined above ground. Row upon row of crypts and mausoleums with elaborate entryways, wrought iron fences, and decorative rooftop statues form the Cities of the Dead.
The vaults reflect the heritage of French and Spanish colonists, who were accustomed to seeing these types of burials in their homelands. The styles and sculptures decorating the homes of the dead often reflect activities the deceased had pursued in life. Time and extreme weather systems further shape their quiet abodes.
Beyond these places of final rest, New Orleans and nearby Jefferson Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish are striking places for tourism. On offer are unique French and Spanish Creole architecture, a mild climate, and a cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.
Visitors flock to Mardi Gras, feel the hint of voodoo in the air, relax on the lawn of the Cabildo, and refresh themselves with a walk through the Garden District. Swamp boat rides, afternoons on a steamboat, and bayou tours are found only in and around New Orleans. Travelers who explore at any time of the year discover adventures and excitement steeped in culture and history.
New Orleans’ cuisine is renowned worldwide for combining Creole, French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, Chinese, and Cuban foods. Classic New Orleans dishes like muffuletta, jambalaya, bananas Foster, gumbo, turtle soup, praline bacon, and red beans and rice can be found at fine dining establishments as well as inexpensive restaurants.
The photos in this book were taken at Greenwood Cemetery & Mausoleum, St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, and Saint Patrick Cemetery No. 2. The thirty-five color photos are paired with titles that evoke these cities within the city. Experience the cemeteries as beautiful, historic, and meditative places in Necropolises of New Orleans I.