In the heart of New Orleans, LA the historical and cultural center known as the French Quarter is the oldest part of the city. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the square in 1718 and the district is now regarded as a National Historic Landmark due to its diversity of culture and architecture. The existence of the different styles can be traced back to the Great New Orleans Fire, which destroyed many of the existing buildings in 1788. Shortly after the fire, there was a period of Spanish rule in the city, during part of the 18th and 19th centuries. This allowed the colony's rulers to redesign and reconstruct the neighborhood in modern Spanish style. As one of the oldest neighborhoods within New Orleans, the city aims to preserve the buildings in the historic center. Houses and shops in this area have been protected by law since the 1920s and cannot be renovated or demolished without special permission from the city. Admiring the architecture is not the only reason this area should be toured; there are many cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops that add to the character of the French Quarter. This lively neighborhood is a center for both locals and tourists to enjoy with an array of things to do and see throughout the year.
1.Things to See
2.More Things to See
The French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
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