New Orleans is the biggest city and metropolitan area in the states of Louisiana. It is also a major port in the United States. The city has a population of over 343,000 according to the 2010 US census. The New Orleans area had a population of over one million in 2010 making it the 46th largest in the United States. -The city is named after the Dutch of Orleans who reigned from the year 1717 to 1723. The area was established by French colonists which influenced their European culture and lifestyle.-Some of the most exquisite places to visit in New Orleans include;
This is the oldest part of the city. It was founded in 1718 and reflects the architecture and art of the Spanish era. Most of the historic buildings were erected during the 18th century, (during Spanish rule). The whole area around The French Quarter has been reserved as a national landmark with numerous buildings.-The area was slightly affected by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina but the damage was not as severe as other parts of the city. French Quarter is an important tourist attraction in New Orleans.
b) JACKSON SQUARE
The Jackson Square is a historic park inside The French Quarter in New Orleans. At the center of the Square, a boasting statue of Andrew Jackson is erected in front of St Louise Cathedral. -Jackson Square was designed in the 17th century by a landscape architect by the name of Louise H Pille. The famous sculpture of Battle of New Orleans together with the then President Andrew Jackson were constructed in 1853. -In the early 1920’s, the square had become a common gathering ground for painters and artists. Painters ranged from professionals, talented students and amateurs. It is still a common place for painters.
(c) NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM
This museum was formally known as National D-Day Museum. It is located in the Central Business District (CBD) of New Orleans, Louisiana. It mostly focuses on the contributions offered by the United State during the World War II particularly the Battle of Normandy.-The museum was designated as America’s National World War II Museum in 2003 by the US congress. The museum strongly emphasizes on the America’s involvement in the war. -The museum was opened on June 6 2000.
(d) NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART
This is the oldest museum of fine arts in New Orleans. It was opened in 1911 as Delgado Museum of Art. The museum houses a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects from periods of the Italian Renaissance upto modern era. -The museum also has a collection of 18th century American furniture together with exquisite 18th century French artefacts.
(e) CITY PARK
This is a 1,300 acre (5.3 km squared) of Public Park in New Orleans. It is rated as the 6th biggest and 7th most visited public urban park in the United States. The park was established in the 18th century and is home to very many animal and bird’s species. The park has numerous sculptures, bridges and major land marks that have been preserved since the 18th century.
All these fantastic places are open for all visitors including any visitor with a Green card.