There are SO many beautiful cemeteries in NOLA! Every time I’m there I try and visit at least one. On my last visit I stopped by St. Roch cemetery for the first time. It’s in the St. Roch neighborhood; which is north of St. Claude just opposite the Marigny. And it’s dedicated to…..St. Roch 🙂 (pronounced rock). He is the patron saint of invalids and is often is invoked against pestilence and the plague.
It’s your typical above ground burials – New Orleans style cemetery, but in the middle there is this small chapel dedicated to…. you guessed it. And inside the chapel there’s a shrine chock FULL of all kinds of ex-votos (offering to a saint or divinity given when your prayer is answered). The assortment is quite interesting. There are artificial legs and leg braces, plaster hands and feet, at least one red plastic heart, silk flowers, an old camera, several old rusted crutches, old shoes, back braces, all sorts of things left by those seeking St. Roch’s help and by those who’s prayers have been answered. Even the marble bricks that make up the floor of the shrine are inscribed with words of thanks.
When I visited I was the only one in the chapel. And once I made it past the slightly unnerving gaze of the giant St. Roch statue, it felt very peaceful….and maybe a little creepy at the same time. But I always feel like that when I’m the only one in the cemetery. Definitely check it out if you’re in the ‘hood.
St. Roch Cemetery #1 & #2 are located at 1725 St. Roch Avenue.
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