St. Gabriel Catholic Church

Deemed the oldest Catholic church structure in Louisiana, it is a sight to see.


St. Gabriel Catholic Church, thought to be the oldest existing church building in the whole Louisiana Purchase Territory. Built in 1769, it has been moved several times throughout history and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The steeple of the church, believed to be made primarily of silver, was a gift from the Queen of Spain.

Architecturally, St. Gabriel is unique because beneath its 19th-century facade lies an extremely rare 18th-century French colonial church building, with over 70% of the materials intact. Its design is Classical on the inside, representative of its French Acadian origins, and its exterior is an example of the Gothic style, which is executed simplistically with its frame construction. The church is no longer used by the congregation and is not open to the public, but the grounds are accessible and are often the setting for photographs or picnics. 

Friday: 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

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