Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States of America, wasn't born in Louisiana but he is still revered here for being the hero of the Battle of New Orleans. The American forces under the command of General Andrew Jackson defeated the invading British army who were hell-bent on capturing New Orleans and the vast territory the United States had acquired during the Louisiana Purchase. The Battle of New Orleans was the final major battle of the war of 1812 and is regarded as the greatest American land victory of the war.
New Orleans pays tribute to the hero of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans in a big way with a 14-foot equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson. The one-third-larger-than-life bronze statue, created by sculptor Clark Mills, is the first equestrian statue in the United States and is one of the most photographed landmarks in the city. The commemorative statue is located in Jackson Square, a lively park in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
I love visiting Jackson Square; it's a beautiful park located near many of the must-see locations in New Orleans. This is the place to be to watch street performers, magicians, fortune-tellers, and artists displaying their work on the outside of the impressive wrought iron fence.
After you've worn yourself out sightseeing and shopping, it’s time to grab a Café au Lait and a beignet or 2 from legendary Café du Monde and relax on one of the many beautiful wrought iron benches in the park. Make sure you don’t forget to bring along your camera because taking a photo of the statue with the iconic St. Louis Cathedral in the background is a must! This historic and stunning NOLA landmark is the oldest active Catholic cathedral in the United States and was visited by Pope John Paul II. It is a gorgeous building with its painted ceilings and lovely stained glass, and well worth a visit.
Hollywood has also discovered the charms of Jackson Square. It has been filmed in numerous TV shows and movies, including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and the HBO series, “Treme”. But seeing it on screen doesn't do it justice; Jackson Square is the type of place that has to be experienced firsthand…and that is something I highly recommend!