The French Quarter
"The Quarter" is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. When Jean-Baptise Le Moyne de Bienville founded the city in 1718, he built it around the French Quarter (called Vieux Carre at the time, meaning "Old Square" in French). Two great fires, the Louisiana Purchase and a devastating hurricane later, the old square is still standing. Today, the French Quarter is an amalgamation of architectural styles. A small handful of buildings around St. Louis Cathedral retain their original colonial Spanish or French style, while their neighbors are anything from refurbished Victorian to Creole or Greek revival.