The Wall Vaults

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The Wall Vaults

These above-ground tombs located in St Louis Cemetery No. 1 serve as the wall to the cemetery. They are also know as “oven vaults”. That is because they have the shape of an old brick oven and well, that is exactly what they are – ovens! During the summer months in New Orleans, the interior of the tombs can get into the hundreds of degrees. These conditions help with accelerating the decomposition of the corpse.

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