Lee Circle19 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Lee Cir, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Time Required: 00:20 Mins
- Tags: Landmark, Walking Area, Monument, Square, Family And Kids
The Lee Circle is popular for the monument of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee,erected in 1884. Before the statue was raised here, the circle was called Tivoli Circle or Place du Tivoli and was a central point in the city that linked the upriver areas with the down river areas.
Today the place is a popular spot to watch the colourful Mardi Gras parade. The The bronze statue that is placed on top of the Doric column was sculpted by the famous sculptor Alexander Doyle and is the highlight of the circle.
How to Reach Lee Circle
- By Bus: Camp at St Joseph
- By Tram: Howard Ave. at Carondelet
- By renting a Car/ Bike.
- By Taxi.
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0.3% of people who visit New Orleans include Lee Circle in their plan
50% of people start their Lee Circle visit around 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Lee Circle
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Lee Circle
Lee Circle Reviews & Ratings
Cool area with some good sights. Lots of people hanging around this area.
Pretty. Was far better before the removal of Robert E Lee
This is a tough one. On the border of a great area, but a major campsite for the NOLA homeless population. Can't really walk through the center without feeling uncomfortable or getting harassed. The Lee issue makes things more complicated. Sometimes I wonder what I would have chosen if I were in his shoes. It's interesting to go to his home in Arlington cemetery and look down the hill at Washington and think of his struggle to fight for the "right" side. I think he knew the right choice, but chose his family, friends, and home nevertheless. He was morally opposed to slavery despite owning slaves, after all. Did you know that this used to be called Tivoli Circle before the Lee statue, due to the Tivoli Carousel being here? I think changing the name back would be a good option. No one wants to admit they were on the wrong side and there's some good in everyone - that's why we built monuments to try to make everyone forget the bad parts of the Civil War by highlighting the glory and ethics of the best of the men who served the Confederacy. I hope that with the benefit of hindsight, we can do better today.
Everyone that I encountered on this visit was pleasant and assisted me with my concerns.
No more statue, just a pillar. Homeless all over the area making you uncomfortable... "Are you cool with black people?" Is what one homeless guy asked me while sizing me up, really?!?!