Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
Standing as a testament to the many nations and cultures that built New Orleans, The Cabildo was the seat of the government when Spain ruled the city. It was designed by Gilberto Guillemard, the architect who also designed the St. Louis Cathedral and the Presbytère, two other must-see locations in the city. The original Cabildo was destroyed by the New Orleans fire of 1788 but was rebuilt. The Cabildo served as the location for transfer ceremony signifying the transfer from Napoleonic France to the young United States, doubling the size of the country. Following the acquisition by the United States, it was used as the seat of the government of New Orleans until 1853, when it became the Louisiana State Supreme Court, where it saw the case of Plessy v. Ferguson.
Although The Cabildo is no longer used as a municipal building, it is now part of the Louisiana State Museum system and contains many exhibits on the history of New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole and serves to educate the public. The exhibits contain many documents and artifacts related to Louisiana history including a saxophone played by Sidney Bechet, , paintings, and much, much more. Admission to The Cabildo is $10 for adults, although there are many discounts that may apply, even free for school groups. Reservations are not required for entry but can be arranged.
Cover Photo by Louisiana State Museum