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New Orleans, Louisiana: Cemetery Chapel with Hands and Feet

Replicas of human hands, feet, limbs, and internal organs hang from the walls of a room in the St. Roch Cemetery chapel, offerings from people who wanted to be healed. Rusty crutches and braces signify success stories. This has been going on since 1875. It's a well-known and popular attraction among locals.

St. Roch Cemetery

1725 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans, LA
St. Roch Cemetery. I-10 exit 237. Drive south on Elysian Fields Ave. for about a half-mile. Turn left onto N. Derbigny St. Drive four blocks. Turn left onto St. Roch Ave. You'll see the walled cemetery on the right. There are entrances through the wall at various points. You'll see the chapel inside the cemetery; the room with the body parts is through an arched door just off the altar.
Gates open daily 9-43 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Cemetery Chapel with Hands and Feet

Since Hurricane Katrina, when it was flooded, the St. Roch Shrine is not always open. But even when it's not it's well worth a trip to this noteworthy and odd Catholic cemetery.

[Renee Allie, 05/27/2021]

Hands and feet and hearts.

Cemetery Chapel with Hands and Feet

This was worth the trip while in New Orleans, very powerful.

[Ryon, 10/29/2014]

Since 1875, the faithful have attached proxy hands, feet, hearts, brains, and other organs to the walls of "St. Roch" chapel, known for its power to heal.

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