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French Quarter

Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue and inland to Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

French Quarter
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The French Quarter is the oldest and most famous neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. Many of the buildings date from before New Orleans became part of the United States. New Orlean's Mardi Gras celebration is centered here.
The Great New Orleans Fire (1788) and another great fire in 1794 destroyed most of the Quarter's old French colonial architecture, leaving the colony's new Spanish rulers to rebuild with strict new fire codes, which mandated that all structures be physically adjacent and close to the curb to create a firewall.

Many of the buildings date from before New Orleans became part of the United States.

New Orleans was originally centered on the French Quarter.

On December 21, 1965, the "Vieux Carre Historic District" was designated a National Historic Landmark.

While the area is commonly known as the French Quarter today, or simply "The Quarter,", some still refer to it as "Vieux Carré" or "Old Square" in French.

The Great New Orleans Fire (1788) and another great fire in 1794 destroyed most of the Quarter's old French colonial architecture, leaving the colony's new Spanish overlords to rebuild it according to more modern tastes.

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