This historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans was the center of city life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Today the square is famous for its beautiful gardens and Andrew Jackson on horseback statue and offers one of the most iconic images of New Orleans. It is from this square, facing the well known statue and gazing towards the elegant features of the Saint Louis Cathedral and other historically significant buildings where some of the loveliest scenes of the city can be found.
During Spanish and French rule from the early 1700’s, the square was used primarily as a public gathering place and military parade ground. Following the Battle of New Orleans in 1814 in which the commanding U.S. General Andrew Jackson defeated the British during the War of 1812, the square was renamed in his honour and redesigned to its current appearance.
The square is a wonderful place to witness New Orleans and experience the beauty of the city. Horse drawn carriages are available for a ride around the square and artists are on hand; ready to create a memorable souvenir. The historically significant buildings that surround the square date from the late 1700’s and create a wonderfully charming atmosphere. These great structures include the cathedral, the Presbytère and the Cabildo which served as the seat of the municipal Spanish government and now houses the fascinating Louisiana State Museum. The museum offers brilliant insights into the rich history of the state.
The square is located in the French Quarter on Decatur Street. A visitor centre is located on the opposite side of the street from the square. The Riverfront Streetcar serves the square and departs from the vicinity of the Convention Center downtown.