The Cabildo

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Feb 26 ~ Mar 3
The Cabildo is regarded as one of the most historically important buildings in the United States. During the Spanish Colonial period, the Cabildo was the seat of government. Now, the Cabildo demonstrates the vibrant and rich history of New Orleans.

The Cabildo Visitors Guide

Situated in Jackson Square, The Cabildo is a great way to feel more connected to New Orleans. Between 1853 and 1910, the Lousiana Supreme Court called the Cabildo home. Both the ever-changing and permanent exhibits in The Cabildo include ordinary residents and notable historical figures. The building spans three floors and features over 500 original works of art and artifacts, including Eugene Louis Lami’s enormous 1839 painting portraying the final battle of the War of 1812, and The Battle of New Orleans.

Many significant events have taken place at The Cabildo from landmark court cases to appearances from international ambassadors. At one point, the Lousiana Purchase took place there. You will find images of incidents and historical figures spread throughout. The Cabildo reflects the resounding influence of Spanish architecture in Lousiana and is one of the most important structures still standing from the period when Spain controlled the Lousiana Territory. With the Cabildo’s turbulent past and historical influence, a visit to this building is a must.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What was The Cabildo used for?

The Cabildo originally housed the administrative and legislative council that had ruled over Spanish Louisiana.

2. Who built The Cabildo?

The Cabildo was built by Gilberto Guillemard, who also designed the St. Louis Cathedral located next door.

3. What does The Cabildo mean in English?

The Cabildo means town council in English.

4. How did Spanish Cabildo affect the Lousiana colony?

It increased settlement by offering land grants to immigrants.

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