Originally known as the Place d'Armes, Jackson Square has served as a public square since New Orleans was founded in the early 1700s. Today it still serves as the de facto center of the French Quarter and is one of the city's main landmarks. Visiting the square is one of the top things to do in New Orleans for a glimpse back in time. Travelers can get a strong sense of the city's history at the St. Louis Cathedral, Cabildo, Presbytere and the Pontalba buildings. Our favorite time to visit is on the weekend, when the square comes alive with an open-air artist colony where painters display their works. Musicians, mimes and other street performers can be found entertaining visitors around the perimeter of the square.
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