The French Quarter is a historic neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It was built as the city’s colonial center and most of the architecture is from the late 1790s to the early 1780s. The district is National Landmark Historic District and a World Heritage Site.
The French Quarter, often abbreviated as “the Quarter,” or “FQ,” is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. It is located at the river’s highest point on natural levees and overlooking the Mississippi River. The area is commonly referred to as “New Orleans” (or NOLA for short). It is bounded by the Mississippi River to the south, St. Louis Street to the north, Canal Street to the east, and Esplanade Avenue and Bayou St. John to the west.
The French Quarter, named after its founders, was originally developed as a residential neighborhood. The narrow streets of this area run parallel to one another and criss-cross in a loose grid pattern, similar to that of Manhattan’s Lower East Side; this style of urban development became known as “bastide town”, after the French term for an ancient fortified town. The quarter is notable for its architecture and atmosphere that makes it one of the most unique neighborhoods in the United States. Many of the city’s famous tourist attractions are located in the district including Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and Louis Armstrong Park.
The French Quarter is the oldest area of New Orleans, and it is also known as the Vieux Carré (French: [vək kaˈʁe]). The quarter was founded in 1722 as a town within the city and designated in 1726. The French Quarter is most notable for its historic buildings, an abundance of tourist attractions such as museums, bars, and restaurants, and celebration of various Mardi Gras festivities. The French Quarter is located at the heart of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, once called “The American Sector” or “American Suburb”. It later became known as “The Creole Faubourg.” The district is bounded by the Mississippi River to the South, St. Louis Street to the North (immediately across from Jackson Square), Canal Street to the East, and Esplanade Avenue and Bayou St. John to the West.
The French Quarter (often abbreviated as “the Quarter”, or just “FQ”) is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. Located at the end of the Mississippi River, this area was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, along with general Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, and later named after France’s King Louis XIV.
The French Quarter is the only intact 19th century urban center in the United States. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark District on April 20, 1967, and is known for its distinct French/Spanish Creole architecture and culture. The district is located at 1,005 square blocks and contains 3,000 buildings that date back to its founding.