At this time of the year, thoughts turn to the dead and how they still influence the living. St. Louis Cemetery #1 is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. This place has an abundance of stories to tell. It is the final resting place of both the famous and the infamous. Among its residents are Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and Etienne de Bore, the first Mayor of the city. You’ll also find Paul Morphy, the chess king of New Orleans. But did you also know that actor Nicholas Cage has a tomb here? Anyone can buy a burial plot in the old Catholic graveyards if one is available. You can buy an existing tomb that has fallen into disrepair and you can purchase an existing tomb with the permission from the living heirs. Either way, all current remains must be moved to another location before you “move in”.
Nicholas Cage and St. Louis Cemetery #1
You can’t miss this tomb. In 2010 Nick Cage bought the last two adjacent plots in St. Louis Cemetery #1 available at the time and built his final resting place. The white pyramid stands nine feet tall. It is inscribed simply with “omnia ab uno” which means “everything from one”. The actor has been called eccentric and quirky but this may take the cake. Some people in New Orleans are not impressed with what some think is an eyesore. Maybe it’s a nod to the National Treasure movie franchise. You can see a recent siting of Nick and his girlfriend visiting the cemetery here. He got the tomb while losing another famous piece of New Orleans’ real estate, the LaLaurie Mansion.
This mansion may be one of the most haunted places in the city of New Orleans. He only owned the house for 2 years. Cage lost the property due to a tax issue which caused the bank to foreclose. Also, depending on who you ask, his recent movie career has been less than stellar. Perhaps the actor considered himself cursed since owning the mansion and thought Marie Laveau could help protect him in the afterlife? Though Mr. Cage has been asked about the tomb he has so far been silent on the subject. Guess he will be taking this secret to the grave, or tomb in this case.
The Savvy Native is a group of experienced local tour guides who were either born in New Orleans or wish they had been.
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