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Right in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter is historic Jackson Square. Originally known in the 18th century as Place d’Armes, it was renamed Jackson Square in honor of Andrew Jackson and his heroic triumph during the Battle of New Orleans. Located on the Mississippi River on Decatur Street, it’s one of the French Quarter’s most famous attractions. The statue above, right in front of Saint Louis Cathedral, is that of Andrew Jackson and is the focal point of the square. Today, Jackson Square serves as a hub for tourists and locals, and is a lively spot to buy local artist’s work and get your palm read by any of the psychics surrounding the square, many right across from the cathedral. Some of the aritsts have been there for generations! It’s also near Café du Monde, another staple of the city. Surrounding the square are countless restaurants, all sure to give you a taste of local cuisine. The Saint Louis Cathedral is the oldest operating cathedral in the United States, first built in 1718. One of the most notable features is in the garden behind the cathedral, named Saint Anthony’s Garden, where a statue of Jesus casts a looming shadow every night, called “The Sacred Heart of Jesus.” This statue, more affectionately referred to as touchdown Jesus, is a favorite among tourists and football loving locals. If you’re looking for other things to do while in New Orleans, check out our article on things you must do while you’re there.
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